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Baseball Complex Dedication Friday

April 19, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - - Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field - the new home of Gonzaga University baseball - will be officially dedicated Friday when the Bulldogs host Saint Mary's College in a West Coast Conference game.

Pre-game ceremonies begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first pitch at 6 p.m. The first night game was held this past Tuesday against Washington State University.

"This is an exciting day for Bulldog baseball, Gonzaga University and the Spokane community," athletic director Mike Roth said. "It's a day we've looked forward to with great anticipation for several months."

The complex is named for the family of Michael Patterson, a 1969 Gonzaga alumnus, chair of Gonzaga's Board of Trustees and a major contributor to the project. The field is named for Washington Trust Bank, a major supporter of the project. ALSC Architects designed the complex, and Garco Construction was the project contractor.

"It is impossible to say thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality," Roth said. "Obviously, Mike Patterson and his family, and Pete Stanton and Washington Trust Bank were the two entities that became involved from the beginning to allow us to carry forward our dream of giving Bulldog baseball a state-of-the-art facility."

Head coach Mark Machtolf, his staff and players have also eagerly awaited this day.

"After being away from campus for more than three years, I can't explain the anxiety and enthusiasm that went through our program last June when we broke ground on Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field," Machtolf said. "As each day went by and we saw our new home take shape, that anxiety and enthusiasm grew even greater. We have one of the top baseball facilities in the country, and, because of the efforts of many people, this facility will only help Bulldog baseball continue its rich tradition."

Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field replaces August/ART Stadium and Pecarovich Field, former site of Bulldog baseball where the McCarthey Athletic Center - home to Bulldog basketball - now sits. The Bulldogs played the last half of the 2003 season at Spokane Falls Community College and the last three seasons at Avista Stadium, home of the Northwest League's Spokane Indians.

Friday's pre-game ceremonies will be emceed by Steve Hertz, former baseball coach and current Director of Athletic Relations. Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Gonzaga president, and Mike Patterson will also address the crowd.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Mike and Emma Patterson, followed by pitches from Stanton, Chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bank; Jack Heath, President and COO of Washington Trust Bank; John Gilchrist Jr., Vice President of Deaconess and Valley Medical Center Foundation representing Empire Health Services, and Phil Haugen, Assistant General Manager of Northern Quest Casino.

Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Quick Facts

Top soil - 6000 cubic yards

Infield mix - 270 cubic yards

Warning track material - 480 cubic yards

Irrigation pipe - 8000 linear feet

Grass seed - 385 pounds

Concrete - 400+ cubic yards

Pre-cast - 120 pieces

Structural steel - 100 tons

Block - 15,925

Brick - 13,600

Conduit - 41,000 feet or 7.76 miles

Wire - 121,000 feet or 22.91 miles

Sports light watts - 231,000

Permanent Seats - 1,300 chair back seats