Redding mayor leads Tiger Field expansion project

Apr 10, 2014 7:07 PM

The Redding Colt 45s' Opening Day is on May 30, but their coach is still busy getting their field in tip-top shape before the players even arrive in town.

"New backstop, 78 yards of concrete, two new dugouts, 400 stadium seats, 26 days," said Redding Mayor Rick Bosetti, who coaches the Colt 45s.

Mayor Bosetti has been playing baseball on Tiger Field longer than he's been with the team.

He pitched an expansion to the city's Board of Administrative Review, who approved the project unanimously.

"I played on this field when I was 16 years old and I'm 60 now. It's time for the backdrop to come down and go away, and everything to be modernized," Mayor Bosetti said.

He adds that most of the manpower, materials, and money are being donated from the community.

"It's our goal to get more people in the stands; get more fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in the stands. Something to do in Redding in the summer nights," said Boyce Muse, who owners Muse Concrete Contractors.

They're volunteering to move the backstop and fences to make room for more fans, growing the capacity from 750 to 1,100.

Muse grew up in the area and has fond memories at Tiger Field.

"I did not play baseball here, but all my friends did and I spent years sitting in the bleachers watching baseball," he said.

This summer, Mayor Bosetti hope that those bleachers will be filled.

"These are very prestigious schools that we have kids coming from all over, and they're coming to Redding for you," he said.

The Redding City Council will be voting on a joint-use agreement with Simpson University next Tuesday.

In exchange for the baseball team getting to use Tiger Field for the next five years, the school will provide 500 stadium seats and aluminum planking.

Work is expected to start on May 1.


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