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Fresno City College Renovates Old Softball Field

Photo by: Marco Hernandez
Construction on the new Fresno City College softball facility on Sept. 18.

Fresno City College, after years of planning, is renovating the softball field in time for the 2024 season.

Shannon Robertson, District Director of Construction Services, worked on the field planning and currently oversees its renovations.

New concrete dugouts, netting in place of chain-link wire fencing, improved bleachers for a capacity of 200 people, and synthetic turf for the in-field were among the renovations.

“The only thing that does not look any different is the outfield,” Robertson said. “It is [now] more of a complex versus a field.”

According to Robertson, there will be a new team building containing locker rooms, public restrooms, an office, and a snack bar.

Robertson believes access to restrooms, facility services next to the softball field, and improved batting cages will create a better experience for the team.

Daniel Brannick, former senior planner for Odell Planning & Research, worked under contract on the softball stadium in 2021.

Brannick points to lighting as the biggest renovation for the softball field as they are described as stateoftheart. 

According to Brannick, Odell worked with Musco Sports Lighting and researched the lighting to ensure no overexposure.

“[Musco] will get 60 or 80 foot candles or something on the playing field.. And we can cut it down to less than one at the property line,” Brannick said. “I actually want to go stand there and see it for myself.”

The foot candles are where the light hits. This new addition allows for more light coverage on the field without overexposing the surrounding neighborhoods with unnecessary lights.

David Ferguson, Grant Program Director of Sonoma State University, who lives across the street from the softball field, is excited about the field renovations.

“It is looking to be a beautiful facility,” Ferguson said. 

Ferguson has daughters who played softball and will attend every home game Fresno City College’s Softball Team has.

According to Robertson, the State Center Community College Facilities Master Plan 2019-2030 cited plans to renovate the softball field.

Its renovations began sooner after a Title IX lawsuit was filed against State Center Community College.

“The funding was not all there,” said Robertson.

Robertson plans for the field to be up and running by October 2023 months ahead of the softball team’s opening home game.

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Marco Hernandez, Business Manager
Marco Hernandez is a journalism-for-transfer student in Fresno City College. He is currently 21 years old and from Parlier, California. This is his second semester in The Rampage and is the Business Manager for the organization. He plans to transfer next semester to Fresno State and pursue a communications bachelor with a focus on advertising and public relations. In the past, he has always loved writing essays, no matter the topic, because as he mentions, "what you write on that essay is a reflection of yourself." He likes to go back and re-read his writing as it is an outlook on himself and finds areas that need improvement or admiration of his work. Marco finds much interest in video games. Since he was a kid playing Marvel Vs Capcom on the original PlayStation, video games became his favorite hobby and he aspires to be a journalist in that field because he wants to be apart of the industry that brought him much enjoyment. Some favorite video games of his are Marvel's Spider-Man, Metal Gear Solid V, and ABZÛ. A fact about Marco is that he was apart of the NJROTC Program in high school all four years, and finds irony attending the campus that holds one of his greatest advisories in his prior drill competitions. Some other facts is that he is a big music enthusiast about many various genres and artists, from Flying Lotus to Sun Ra, and loves superheroes because they were a form of inspiration for him ever since his brothers had shown him the 90's Spider-Man cartoon, and more so towards Sam Raimi's Spider-Man.

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