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Council accepts check from Placer Valley Tourism

Money designated for McBean Park Stadium
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Baseball just may be very, very good to Lincoln.

Officials from Placer Valley Tourism, a business district made up of hotels in Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville, presented a $260,000 check Tuesday night to the Lincoln City Council for renovations to McBean Park Stadium.

David Attaway, CEO of Placer Valley Tourism, said the contribution was made possible by the City Council’s decision last year to join the organization and the support of Shan Fazeli, owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Lincoln.

“This expands the sports tourism opportunities for all of our hotels,” Attaway said Tuesday night. “And it helps with the revitalization of the gem that is McBean Park Stadium.”

The renovation of McBean Park Stadium has been spurred by the recent partnership between the city of Lincoln and William Jessup University, allowing the college’s baseball team to play their home games there.

“This is the biggest award we have ever made,” Attaway said. “Placer Valley Tourism applauds the partnership between William Jessup and Lincoln.”

Fazeli called McBean Park Stadium the “jewel of the town.”

“This is going to bring a lot of business and prosperity to Lincoln,” Fazeli said. “Our children and grandchildren will remember this.”

Outgoing Lincoln Mayor Paul Joiner said it was what the council had hoped for when it voted to join Placer Valley Tourism.

“It’s so much sooner than expected,” Joiner said.

Fazeli told The Lincoln News Messenger Monday that he recognizes the historic significance and importance of McBean Park.

“It’s always been a landmark,” said Fazeli, the managing member of International Suites LLC, the owner of the Lincoln Holiday Inn Express. “That’s why we have tried and pushed so it would get what it deserves.”

The contribution will help make the city, William Jessup and Holiday Inn Express a “beautiful triangle of success and prosperity,” according to Fazeli.

Almost 100 students from William Jessup University currently call the Lincoln Holiday Inn Express home.

“We are hosting students from William Jessup,” Fazeli said Monday. “We are very fortunate the university trusts us with their students; their most precious asset. For them to choose us, and go out of their way from Rocklin, is a great honor.”