In November of 2015, the City of Lincoln partnered with William Jessup University (the greater Sacramento region’s only residential private four-year university) to revitalize historic McBean Stadium at McBean Memorial Park.
The Lincoln City Council approved the proposed partnership November 10 allowing the growing university’s second-year baseball program to call McBean Stadium their home field for practice and games in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).
The partnership also benefits the city’s burgeoning Little League program and supports efforts of the Friends of McBean Park to bring back Lincoln’s historic field. McBean Park is located near downtown Lincoln at 65 McBean Park Drive.
The agreement called for the following improvements to McBean Stadium:
- Irrigation and renovation of live-grass outfield
- Foul poles, center field fencing and fence cap, perimeter fencing, dirt fines and warning track
- Batting cages, dugouts and electrical scoreboard
- Synthetic turf infield and necessary maintenance equipment
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with the City of Lincoln and establishing a high quality baseball facility for the City and a home field with a great environment for the William Jessup baseball team,” Jessup’s Associate Director of Athletics Farnum Smith said. “Our partnership not only makes sense due to proximity to the university, it enables the surrounding community to connect and support collegiate athletics as well as America’s pastime. William Jessup continues to focus on the development of its athletes on and off the playing field. This is significant progress for our baseball team and the overall growth of the Warrior athletic program.”
The 10-year agreement specified that William Jessup baseball will have priority use of the field during seasonal play. The move gives the university additional time to raise funds to build a baseball stadium on the north end of the 125-acre campus, near the newly opened University Avenue in Rocklin.
The William Jessup Warriors baseball team played their first home opener double header at McBean Stadium on January 28 2017.
McBean Park bears historical significance for Lincoln as it was established in 1925. McBean Stadium got its roots when World War II ended and a group of workers from the Gladding-McBean clay works factory formed a league known as the Placer-Nevada Baseball League. Eight teams comprised the league and the Lincoln Potters played home games at what was considered the best field in the league for featuring groomed grass, grandstands and lights. The first night baseball game was played on August 10, sixty years ago.
In November of 2016, the Great West League (GWL) announced that a new collegiate summer baseball team, the Lincoln Potters, would call McBean Stadium home when their season would begin in the Summer of 2017.
The McBean Stadium renovation project was given a $260,000 boost by a grant from Placer Valley Tourism. The funding helped cover the costs for new batting cages, dugouts, an electrical scoreboard, artificial infield turf, outfield grass, irrigation, foul poles, fencing and fence capping.“We are proud to be part of the revitalization to make McBean Stadium a premier baseball facility again,” said Placer Valley Tourism’s CEO, David Attaway. “Indeed a gem for the entire region. The addition of the Lincoln Potters brings even more excitement and prestige to our area. Joining William Jessup making McBean their home creates an amazing line up.”
The GWL is a college summer wood-bat league, with teams in Oregon and California, including the Chico Heat, Medford Rogues, Marysville Gold Sox and the Portland PicklesMcBean Park is a 24-acre park, featuring a swimming pool, senior baseball field, Little League diamond, Skate Park, the “Leathers” playground, outdoor basketball courts, horseshoe pits, football/baseball stadium, picnic areas, and open-turf areas.