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Baseball stadium to be dedicated Saturday

by Jeanne Baron

May 12, 2011 | WMU News

Computer-generated image of WMU's Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field.
Computer-generated drawing of Bobb Stadium's west entrance
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will officially dedicate Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field Saturday, May 14, prior to the baseball game against Central Michigan University.

The ceremony will begin at noon, and the first pitch will be at 1 p.m.

The refurbished stadium bears the name of Robert J. Bobb, chief executive officer of Cardinal Growth L.P. and a 1969 WMU alumnus, who committed $1 million to the renovations of WMU's home facility. More than $2 million went into the project, which began in 2008 and was completed this past summer.

The renovations included restoration of the grandstand; construction of a press box, VIP suites, bathrooms and a concession area; and installation of 400 chairback seats as well as new walkways and dugouts, fencing, signage and security lighting. The stadium is divided into eight seating sections that bear the names of major donors to the project.

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