I received a flier outlining a plan of action to upgrade Tiger Field in Redding to host a higher level of collegiate league baseball. Local enthusiasts are hoping to secure a $250K grant. Here’s a brief overview of the needed upgrades:
“Redding City Councilman Rick Bosetti wants to fix up Tiger Field for the community. His vision to have a first class field where you can see quality collegiate baseball players from all over the country play for a mere $5 per game for adults, and $2 for kids under 12 years old. There will be concessions and promotional items available during the games. There will be baseball camps and clinics offered to school kids.
The first such clinic will be June 2nd and will be free to all young ballplayers. It is being sponsored by the Colt 45s, Chevrolet and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. There will be former major league players leading the instruction. Company sponsorships will be available, as they are now. He envisions a partnership with the nearby downtown business community, perhaps offering a free shuttle service for overflow parking which would bring people to downtown restaurants and other businesses before and after games.
Bosetti also envisions a great way to give back to the community by offering baseball night fund raisers for the games for non-profit organizations. “ABC Organization” could choose to have “ABC Corporation Night” during one of the games. A percentage of money collected that night would go to their organization to further their mission. This may provide an easier way to raise funds than having to create some sort of new venue for that purpose.
As a community, we can help make this vision a reality. Spread the word, generate some positive energy, attend the games with your family for a fun and inexpensive outing, provide business sponsorships, create a fund-raiser…together, we can get there. For more information on how you can participate in this vision now, contact Rick Bosetti, firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 227-4443.”
This sounds like a great idea. I hope the community can put this together. Great things happen to communities when we put our minds to it. Redding has a long history of baseball, but a not a great venue built for the future. This plan seems like it could lead to a really welcome addition to our town.