CSUB baseball facility named in honor of local residents

January 30, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

The California State University board of trustees has approved naming California State University, Bakersfield's new baseball playing and training facility after local residents Tom and Barbara Hardt. The facility, located on the southwest corner of campus, will now officially be known as Hardt Field.

The university will dedicate Hardt Field at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20, just prior to the opening of CSUB's inaugural baseball season at 2 p.m. against St. Louis University.

By naming the playing field for the Hardts, the university pays tribute to a couple who has been generous in their support of student-athletes and made the facility possible with a $1 million donation last summer. Additionally, Mr. Hardt, a Bakersfield homebuilder for more than 40 years, has donated his services as the project's general contractor and has been instrumental in securing many in-kind gifts that have been part of the field's construction.

"I have expressed to Tom and Barbara our deepest gratitude for believing in our vision of excellence and for investing in CSUB's future," said President Horace Mitchell. "The baseball facility will be an asset not only to the athletics program, but also will serve the broader campus community as a venue for campus and community engagement. I am pleased we can honor the Hardts in such a permanent and prominent way."

While construction is still ongoing for some aspects of the facility, the team is already practicing on the field and preparing for opening day.

"Barbara and I have been thrilled to watch this project develop from a dirt field to a home for CSUB's baseball team," said Mr. Hardt, who received a bachelor's degree as part of the university's second graduating class in 1973. "The core values learned as an athlete discipline, teamwork, competitiveness, sacrifice are critical to developing young people into successful contributors to our society. We are proud to be part of such a wonderful program for student-athletes, and humbled with the honor announced today."

The community is invited to join in the field dedication and support the Roadrunners in their season opener on Feb. 20. CSUB's 19-game home schedule includes two contests against defending National Champion Fresno State. Tickets may be purchased by calling 654-BLUE (2583).