We are excited to tell you about our new project to continue our efforts to save and preserve
the Cal Baseball Program. Cal is the only school in the PAC12 that does not have lights for
nighttime baseball games or a functioning scoreboard that has yet to enter the 21st century.
We are working with the University and the Athletic Department and our loyal donors to
help fund the new facilities including lights, a new scoreboard and the infrastructure to make
that work so that we can proudly broadcast our games on the PAC12 network and play night
games like every other school in the PAC12. As a matter of fact, every team in the top 5
Conferences (PAC12, SEC, ACC, BIG 12 and Conference USA) has lights except for Boston
College and Cal.
The Cal Baseball team is always at a disadvantage since we practice in daylight and don’t
have the benefit of practicing under the lights for our night games that every other school in
the PAC12 has because they have lights and we unfortunately don’t. As a result we almost
always lose more night games than we win.
We know that having lights on our field will greatly improve our recruiting since every other
school in the PAC12 has facilities that are far superior to ours, especially with their lights and
scoreboards. We also know that having lights will substantially increase our attendance and
revenues by reason of the fact that we can play night games for students and families to
attend when they’re not in school or at work. Currently it is very difficult for high school
students and others as well as parents and other working people to attend our games during
the day whereas they would be more likely to attend night games when they have free time.
That is the reason why the Giants and other teams play almost all of their games during the
week at night to maximize their attendance opportunities.
The Committee has many great ideas to increase revenue and attendance and to make the
baseball game a real event. Obviously, the more revenue we can generate the less money we
will have to take from the endowment we raised to help save Cal Baseball. We badly need
the revenue to preserve our program so that we do not run out of the funds we raised during
the Save Cal Baseball campaign.
Now that we have the University’s and Athletic Department’s approval and support for the
new facilities we need to act swiftly while the opportunity is available to us. We need to
raise $1,000,000 in the next few months in order to make this happen before the start of the
2013 season. This is a bricks and mortar plan with the work scheduled to start almost
immediately so we have to raise the money now to pay for the installation of the lights, video
scoreboard and the infrastructure to make them all work. To jump start our fundraising
campaign Dave Amoroso and I have each contributed $50,000 to this great cause. You can
make this happen with your support.