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City of Clearwater’s Sid Lickton Sports Complex Reopens

2/7/2014 11:11:13 AM

Contact: Anna Gurney

Clearwater, Fla.--Following a 12 month, $3.3 million renovation, the Sid Lickton Sports Complex will reopen its seven ball fields Feb. 15, 2014. The re-opening ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the complex followed by an opening day celebration for Clearwater Little League.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, City Manager Bill Horne, and leaders from the town of Belleair are expected to attend. Other county and state leaders have been invited. Two-time Olympic fast pitch gold medalist Michele Smith will also attend. Tampa Bay Rays commentator Dewayne Staats is the event’s master of ceremonies.

“Little League baseball provides a special opportunity for our children to learn the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. This new first-class facility at Sid Lickton reaffirms the City of Clearwater’s commitment to its youth and lays a foundation for these young players to appreciate the significance of doing their best and of becoming responsible citizens,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.

First pitches for each field will take place simultaneously and will be thrown by representatives from the City of Clearwater, Pinellas County, Clearwater Little League, Clearwater for Youth, and Town of Belleair. Citizens are invited to attend the event which will include a children’s entertainment area and an appearance by Clearwater Threshers Mascot Phinley.

The Sid Lickton Sports Complex is home to the Clearwater Little League. It has supported community youth baseball and softball for more than 50 years. The renovations include a reconfiguration of the playing fields resulting in five 200’ fields, a practice field, and a 300’ junior/seniors field for ages 13 to 16. There is a new concession stand, press box, restrooms and five scoreboard stations.

Sid Lickton Sports Complex is located at 714 North Saturn Ave., Clearwater.

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