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New Little League® Museum Viewing Plaza Opens at the World of Little League

New Little League® Museum Viewing Plaza Opens at the World of Little League

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World of Little League

In conjunction with the grand reopening of the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, Little League® Baseball and Softball and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) announced the unveiling of the new Little League Museum Viewing Plaza.

Made possible by a $300,000 grant from the FCFP’s Impact Fund, the Viewing Plaza offers a unique destination at the Little League complex. With a breathtaking view of Howard J. Lamade stadium, the plaza will become a main focal point for visitors to the Little League International complex.

“The Viewing Plaza is sure to become a favorite destination for visitors to the Little League complex,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League Baseball and Softball President and Chief Executive Officer. “We could not be more grateful for the Foundation’s generosity to help create this Little League landmark, and all of the amazing support they offer to Little League and the entire central Pennsylvania community.”

The plaza is constructed to look like a baseball diamond, composed of paving stones. Surrounding the plaza are 18 flag poles. On these poles, the United States flag and the Pennsylvania state flag will be permanently displayed. The remaining 16 flag poles will feature the standards of the countries represented in the International bracket and the states represented in the United States bracket of the most recent Little League Baseball® World Series. Construction of the plaza began in late April, 2013 and was completed on schedule in time for the 74th anniversary of the first-ever Little League game, June 6.

Steve Keener and Jennifer Wilson

Stephen D. Keener (left), Little League President and CEO, and Jennifer D. Wilson (right), First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania President and CEO, hoist the Australian flag on the brand new Little League Museum Viewing Plaza, made possible by a grant from FCFP.


Every year, the 16 flags will be taken down leading up to the Region Championships. As teams win their way to South Williamsport, their flags will be ceremonially hoisted up the flag pole. Jennifer D. Wilson, FCFP President and Chief Executive Officer, was on hand, Wednesday, June 5, to raise the first flag at the plaza. Earlier that day, Perth Metro Central Little League became the first Region Champion to qualify for the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series, and the first-ever Australian team to come to South Williamsport.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Little League to make this dream become a reality,” said Mrs. Wilson. “The Little League International complex is an iconic location for our community. The setting for the plaza, overlooking Lamade Stadium, along with the interpretive panel, will provide a wonderful place for families, visitors, businesses and organizations to gather at with the view of the most recognizable locations in the greater Susquehanna Valley and learn about an important piece of Pennsylvania history.”

Little League and FCFP have been partnering for more than 50 years. In 1958, FCFP (formerly known as the Williamsport Foundation) helped Little League acquire the original plot of land at the Little League International complex in South Williamsport. The Foundation has been integral in assisting Little League with numerous projects, including the construction of the original Peter J. McGovern Museum, the broadcasting of the Challenger Division exhibition game at the Little League Baseball World Series and numerous other projects. Learn more about the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

“The Foundation has been a wonderful partner for more than half a century and has truly helped Little League achieve many of our goals,” said Mr. Keener. “It is a vital part of our community, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the future to enhance the Little League experience here in our hometown.”

Following the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series, Little League began a $4.3 million renovation to the Peter J. McGovern museum, which opened in 1982. The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store will have its grand opening on June 15, and will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., seven days a week. General admission will be $5. Children under 4 years old are admitted free, and children 5-12 are admitted for $2. The senior admission fee is $3, for those 62 and older. Discounts are available for large groups booking in advance.

Viewing Area

(Left to Right) Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO; Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development; Jennifer D. Wilson, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania President and CEO and Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the World of Little League, at the new Interpretive Panel at the Viewing Plaza.