Sherman Field Forever Project:
Honoring the Past, Building for the Future
“I think a baseball field must be the most
beautiful thing in the world.
It's so honest and precise. Every star gets humbled.
Every mediocre player has a great moment.”
- Lowell Cohn in "The Temple of Baseball"
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Sherman Field Construction Update: Making Progress!By J.J. Yost, Planning & Construction Manager, Lincoln Parks & Recreation
Note: If you've been out to Sherman Field lately, you've noticed that it looks quite a bit different than it did even 2-3 months ago! We asked J.J. Yost to give us a construction update, which follows. We still need more donations to reach the $2.2 million campaign goal. To see the exciting donor opportunities, please visit www.ShermanField.org and look at the "Donate" section.
We received federal funding support for the first phase of construction which conisted of new ballfield lighting. This phase was initiated and completed between the 2010 and 2011 baseball seasons.
The second phase of construction includes the new dugout structures and maintenance/storage building. The materials and labor involved in this phase of the project were donated by Sampson Construction (to which we are extremely thankful.)
The third phase of construction involves the new restroom building. We determined that the most cost effective approach to this item is to obtain a pre-fabricated restroom building from a vendor, meaning it is essentially factory built, shipped to us in multiple pieces and set by crane on a foundation. This building will be delivered October 27!
The fourth and final phase is now underway. Between now and the start of baseball season next spring, the contractor will be constructing the remaining improvements that generally consist of the new ticket/consessions building, new concourse and entrance plaza, multiple parking lot improvements (that cannot be started until the completion of the midget football season), site drainage and infrastructure improvements, new perimeter fencing and donor recognition.
I am very much planning on having all construction activities completed by next spring! See you at the ballpark.
Sherman Field Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off
Gathering at the news conference to announce the Sherman Field Forever Campaign and the naming of the park around Sherman Field on March 31 was (from left): Mayor Chris Beutler, Harlan Chamberlain (Joba Chamberlain's father), Lancaster County Commissioner Brent Smoyer, John Sampson, Lincoln Parks Foundation President Liz Lange and Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson.
The Mayor announced the field will be named for Morris "Sam" and Evelyn Sampson who founded Sampson Construction Company in Lincoln in 1952. The naming recognizes a significant contribution from their son, John Sampson, President of Sampson Construction. Headquartered in Lincoln, the company employs about 300 workers and is donating about $445,000 in labor and materials for renovation work at Sherman Field. The campaign is offering inscribed ball tiles, bats and brick pavers to help fund the project. Find out more by visiting www.ShermanField.org
History of Sherman Field
Built in 1947, Sherman Field is a premier baseball facility owned by the City of Lincoln and located at 2nd and South Street. Sherman Field has a long and proud history, having been the home of the Lincoln Chiefs in the ‘40s and ‘50s, with players like Satchel Paige, Nellie Fox and Bobby Shantz.
Since 1961, this historic field has been used for American Legion and state high school baseball games. More than 6,000 boys of summer have learned to win and lose on this field every year. Some of the most well known include Joba Chamberlain and Alex Gordon, both former Huskers now playing Major League Baseball.
Why We Need Improvements
With its rich history, Sherman Field is a favorite venue for players, coaches, fans and sponsors. The playing field is in good condition and the grandstand was renovated in 1997.
However, the restroom, storage and maintenance buildings need to be replaced in order to better serve park users and visitors, and to provide increased efficiencies in the operation and maintenance of the complex.
The Nebraska School Activities Association has committed to using Sherman Field to host state high school baseball tournament games through 2012. Improvements are necessary to continue to host this tournament and attract others, which have a positive impact on Lincoln’s economy.
The City of Lincoln has committed $500,000 for this project and the Lincoln Parks Foundation is leading a private fundraising campaign to leverage the City’s commitment and seek private donations to complete other improvements which will enhance the complex and preserve it for future generations.
Sherman Field is one of Lincoln’s icons and these exciting plans are designed to celebrate the field’s history while improving and preserving it for future generations.
- New/Replacement Public Restrooms
- New Maintenance/Storage and Umpire Support Building
- Reorganization of Parking Lot with ADA accessibility
- New Stadium Entry/Access Plaza
- New/Replacement Ticket Collection and Concessions
- Renovated Ballfield Dugout Structures
- Regrading of the Infield
- Fencing and Lighting Improvements
- Added Historic/Interpretive Features
- Enhanced Landscaping
- Donor Recognition
Contributions to Sherman Field Forever campaign can be made to the Lincoln Parks Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Gifts of any size are appreciated.
Lincoln Parks Foundation
2740 “A” Street, Box 201
Lincoln, NE 68502
Find out how you can help with this exciting project! There are numerous naming and donation opportunities. To learn more about these donation opportunities email Susan Larson Rodenburg at Susan@SLRCommunications.com or call 402-440-3227.