Re-Dedication of Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex Set for Aug. 11
A re-dedication ceremony will be the culmination of two years of renovation and construction at Little League Baseball and Softball’s Western Region Headquarters Complex in San Bernardino, Calif. The ceremony will take place Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. at the region’s administration building in between the semifinal games of the Little League Baseball Northwest Region Tournament.
Many of the District Administrators in the Western Region are expected to be in attendance along with local dignitaries from the San Bernardino area.
“Our complex in San Bernardino has been the center of Little League activities in our western states for more than 40 years and needed an update,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “We were able to make the renovations thanks to the Easton Foundation. Millions of people for many years to come will benefit from the generosity of the Easton Foundation making the Western Region renovations a reality.”
As part of the ceremony, a bronze plaque commemorating the re-dedication will be unveiled.
Construction of the original Western Region complex was started in 1969, and was accomplished primarily with donated materials and labor. The region complex opened in 1971.
The Western Region Complex renovation project was funded through the generosity of a grant provided by the Easton Foundation.
The renovation began two years ago when the dormatories that house the players during the tournaments that are held on the complex were updated. New plumbing and heating/air conditioning were installed in the dormatories along with the addition of new furniture and fixtures. A new scoreboard, donated by the Easton Foundation, was the first of several updates to the stadium.
This year, the largest project was an almost complete renovation of the administration building. The new administration building now allows for better and more efficient operation. The building has a new entrance along with an enlarged conference room, and the technology in the building was improved.
The fences at Houghton Stadium were also moved from 205 feet to 225 feet as part of the renovation along with upgraded stadium lighting and the installation of an irrigation system for the playing surface.
“Thanks to the Easton Foundation, the work that has been done at the Little League Western Region Headquarters over the last two years will position us to serve our region members for many years to come,” Jim Gerstenslager, the Western Region Director, said “This type of generous support is what helps Little League Baseball and Softball maintain its leadership role as a youth sports and development program worldwide.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. An invitation-only reception will be held following the ceremony.
The Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex serves as the center for 11 states, almost 4,000 teams and more than 570,000 players. The region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The complex hosts the annual Western Region Tournament for both Little League Baseball (ages 11-12) and Little League Softball (ages 11-12). In addition, the region headquarters also host the Northwest Region Tournament for the Little League Baseball division. The winner of all three tournaments earns a trip to the respective World Series.