From local wine to brand new seating, it’s a whole new ballgame at Redding’s Tiger Field ballpark.
The field and ballpark itself has undergone a lot of changes in a very short amount of time.
The 60-year-old backstop was torn down and the seats will be moved 20 feet closer to the action.
Redding Colt 45s' General Manager, Manager, and Redding Mayor Rick Bosetti played at the park when he was younger, before going on to a major league career.
“My memories, your memories; this park was the place to be in the 60s and 70s,” Bosetti said. “And if I have anything to do with it in my life after council, it’s going to be it again.”
No City of Redding money was used in the project.
“My memories, your memories; this park was the place to be in the 60s and 70s. And if I have anything to do with it in my life after council, it’s going to be it again.” - Colt 45s' manager
All the funds were raised by the Colt 45s, an independent college summer league team with a 42 game home schedule.
The team is very similar to the Humboldt Crabs on the North Coast.
“Four kids coming from Michigan state, four from Notre Dame,” Bosetti said. “How many changes are you going to get to come watch a top quality national level collegiate athlete, and in Redding?”
The existing bleachers will hold around 700 fans. There will also be 400 new stadium seats behind home plate. Bosetti hopes that someday that number will go up again, to 1500 seats.
Yet another new addition; there will also be nine wine tasting nights, and local wine will be available at every game.
The former big leaguer loves managing, but said he also wants to pass on his love for the game.
“Being on the field for me is very enjoyable, however, it’s sliding the other way,” Bosetti said. “We have our big nights and there were 200 little kids running around down here; I want there to be 300 to 400 little kids running around down here.”