SAN MARCOS, CA (January 27, 2016) – Shown ready to officially to cut the ribbon opening the new Baseball Field at Palomar College are, from left, Palomar College Governing Board members, Trustee John Halcón; President Mark Evilsizer; and Secretary Nancy Chadwick; along with Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales.
Gonzales welcomed guests at the Grand Opening event on Wednesday, Jan. 27, which featured comments by Evilsizer; Acting Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Brian Stockert; and Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. Professor and Baseball Coach Emeritus Bob Vetter (now serving as an assistant coach), was the official speaker.
After the remarks, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, commemmorative group photographs and refreshments, guest were invited into the stadium to witness the first pitch of the opening day game. Retired Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan was asked to throw the first pitch, but he deferred that honor to Vetter.
Following Vetter’s pitch and the national anthem, sung by Mary Adams, wife of Assistant Coach Ben Adams, Baseball Coach Buck (Cord) Taylor presented the 2016 Palomar College Comet Baseball team in a match against College of the Desert.
In addition to Palomar College faculty, staff and students, guests included public officials, community leaders and former Palomar Comets who advanced to careers as professional athletes.
The new facility includes a natural turf field with a subsurface drainage system, artificial turf foul territory, stadium-chair seating for more than 200 with additional upper seating on an artificial turf slope, seven full batting cages, five bullpen mounds, an elevated press box with a state-of-the-art public address system, and a designated warm up area with artificial turf.
The baseball field project was funded through Proposition M, a bond measure approved by voters in November 2006. The cost for construction was approximately $8 million.
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