Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are to visit Broome County on Wednesday to help celebrate the grand opening of the area’s spiffiest new athletic facility.
Maine-Endwell High School will officially open its new baseball stadium — behind the high school at 750 Farm to Market Road — with a ceremony scheduled to begin at about 4 p.m. Included will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, the unveiling of the stadium scoreboard, and official naming of the field.
Thomas Tull (M-E Class of ’88) and his wife, Alba, are benefactors of the $2.2 million renovation project that also includes lighting for the nearby multi-sport stadium. They are to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, and a simulated baseball game between M-E and Vestal will follow.
The event is open to the public. District officials declined to identify Hall of Fame members who will be present.
Construction of the new synthetic-turf field, dugouts, press box and bleachers began in October 2013. The stadium project was possible thanks to a gift from the Tull Family Foundation. Thomas Tull is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Legendary Entertainment, as well as part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and board member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He resides in Los Angeles.
Tull was elected to the Hall of Fame board eight months after Warner Bros. released Legendary’s “42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic about the Hall of Fame baseball player. He became the 16th member of the board for the non-profit institution.