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Tuesday, Apr 16 2013 12:23 PM

'First Look': BC athletic director pitches stadium upgrades

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    Bakersfield College Athletic Director Ryan Beckwith talks with Californian President and CEO Richard Beene on "First Look with Scott Cox" in April.

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The Bakersfield College athletic director talked about the college’s plan to revitalize the track and field surfaces of Memorial Stadium during a Tuesday appearance on “First Look with Scott Cox.”

The college is roughly halfway to the $2.5 million needed for the project, Ryan Beckwith said.

“It’s on our shoulders now to get out in front and bring this back to Bakersfield,” Beckwith said of the improvements, which he hopes would attract more events to the storied venue.

Already, he said, the 20,000-capacity stadium benefits by having both a field and a track and a “cool atmosphere,” along with economical hotels and restaurants nearby that could help support bringing a variety of events here.

He said college President Sonya Christian and the college foundation have thrown their support behind the project.

Beckwith also reflected on the state title football game, lauding the community’s support. “The San Francisco team came out on the field and they were petrified by the crowd,” Beckwith said.

Californian President and CEO Richard Beene, who joined Beckwith on “First Look,” also asked about security at the stadium in the wake of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Beckwith said campus security does a “phenomenal job” at college events.

You can read more about the stadium revitalization project and donating at gogades.com.


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