Renovation of Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex Completed With Dedication Ceremony
By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
August 11, 2011
The Western Region Headquarters of Little League Baseball and Softball was formally re-dedicated today in a ceremony outside the newly-refurbished administration building. The headquarters complex, located in San Bernardino, Calif., serves as the center for 11 states, almost 4,000 teams and more than 570,000 players. The region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Construction of the original Western Region complex was started in 1969, and was accomplished primarily with donated materials and labor. The region complex opened in 1971.
The renovation of the administration building was part of a two-phase project that has been completed over the last two years.
The renovation began in the spring of 2010 with the dormitories, which were updated, and are used to house the players during the tournaments that are played on the complex. New plumbing, heating and air conditioning were installed in the dormitories along with the addition of new furniture and fixtures. A new scoreboard, donated by the Easton Foundations, was the first of several updates to the stadium.
This year, the largest project was the renovation of the administration building. The new administration building now allows for better and more efficient operation. The building has a new entrance along with an enlarged conference room, and the technology in the building was improved.
The fences at Al Houghton Stadium were also moved from 205 feet to 225 feet as part of the renovation along with upgraded stadium lighting and the installation of an irrigation system for the playing surface.
The Western Region Complex renovation project was funded through the generosity of a grant provided by the Easton Foundations.
Many of the District Administrators in the Western Region were in attendance at the ceremony along with local dignitaries from the San Bernardino area. In addition, as part of the ceremony, a bronze plaque commemorating the re-dedication was unveiled.
The complex hosts the annual Western Region Tournament for both Little League Baseball (ages 11-12) and Little League Softball (ages 11-12). In addition, the region headquarters also hosts the Northwest Region Tournament for the Little League Baseball division. The winner of all three tournaments earns a trip to the respective World Series.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.5 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.