College Sports

Lincoln stadium to become home field for William Jessup baseball team

The city of Lincoln’s McBean Stadium will become the home field for William Jessup University’s baseball program.

The Lincoln City Council on Tuesday approved a partnership allowing the Rocklin university to use the stadium for practice and games in the Golden State Athletic Conference, according to a city news release.

“This important partnership will renew a very meaningful part of Lincoln’s great history as a community,” Lincoln Mayor Paul Joiner said in a written statement. “We are very excited to welcome William Jessup University to our city, and look forward to a close and long-term partnership.”

City officials said the partnership also benefits Lincoln’s Little League program and supports efforts of Friends of McBean Park to bring back the city’s historic field at 65 McBean Park Drive, near downtown Lincoln.

The 10-year agreement specifies that the William Jessup baseball program, now in its second year, will have priority use of the field during seasonal play. It gives the university additional time to raise funds to build a baseball stadium on the north end of its 125-acre Rocklin campus, officials said.

The joint effort to improve the field is in the design phase, with work to begin after the first of the year. Weather permitting, McBean Stadium could be ready for play near the end of the team’s 2016 spring season, city officials said.

Improvements called for in the agreement include irrigation and renovation of a live-grass outfield, a synthetic turf infield, batting cages, dugouts and an electronic scoreboard.

McBean Park was established in 1925, and the stadium roots go back to the end of World War II, when workers from the Gladding-McBean clay works factory formed the Placer-Nevada Baseball League. The league was made up of eight teams, and the Lincoln Potters played at what city officials said was considered the best field in the league, featuring groomed grass, grandstands and lights. The first night game at the field was played 60 years ago.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy