McBean Stadium opening day reset for Saturday

William Jessup vs. Oregon Tech
By: Jim Linsdau of The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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William Jessup University’s men’s baseball team begins its 2017 season Saturday, with a doubleheader against Oregon Institute of Technology at McBean Stadium in McBean Park, Lincoln.

Postponed last week because of inclement weather, WJU and the city of Lincoln will host the newly renovated stadium’s opening day this weekend. The Warriors had been scheduled to play Corban University before the rain canceled that meeting.

The extended forecast for Saturday is dry and sunny.

The $1.1 million revitalization of historic McBean Stadium includes a grass outfield, irrigation and a synthetic-turf infield. The fencing has been improved for greater spectator visibility, as well as adding an electric scoreboard, batting cages, improved dugouts and maintenance equipment.

“We are very excited about the renovation of McBean Stadium and bringing this historic stadium back to life,” said Matthew Brower, Lincoln’s City Manager. “We are thrilled to be home field to the Warriors, and we look forward to a close and long-term partnership with William Jessup University.”

Opening day activities will include a fan zone, free kids zone, wiffle ball and beanbag games. There will also be a photo booth, disc jockey, and hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks.

And Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot, will also make an appearance.

The gates open at 10 a.m., with the first game beginning at 11. Lincoln’s Little League players will be introduced along with the Warriors; Jessup’s Crossroads will perform the National Anthem and the West Coast Ravens will do a flyby.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to see that first pitch at McBean Park on (Jan. 28),” said Jessup’s Director of Athletics, Lance Von Vogt. “The excitement on campus and in the community is palpable. Coach Hankins and the team have been preparing very hard for the season and I believe people will recognize the formation of a strong foundation for what will become a nationally-recognized collegiate baseball program."

William Jessup has a 10-year priority-use agreement for their spring baseball season. This assists the university while it raises funds and builds its stadium on the school’s campus. The Warriors are members of the Golden State Athletic Conference.

McBean Stadium will also accommodate Lincoln Little League play and the new Lincoln Potters baseball team. The Potters will be a part of the Great West League; a wood-bat, summer league made up of top college talent using the competition to hone and improve their games.