The new 23 Club baseball complex in Scottsbluff has already seen some league action plus multiple tournaments so far this summer but on Tuesday night they made things official with their new facility with the ceremonial ribbon cutting event.
Community leaders were on hand to participate in the event while also getting together for a joint throwing out of the first pitch before the kids got down to business for the regular night of league play.
23 Club president Geoff Nemnich said it was a culmination of a lot of teammwork from everyone in the community.
“It’s a long time coming. This is a project that’s four years in the works. Just awesome support from the community from the get go on this. This wouldn’t be possible without the support from the community. It’s great to have one culminating event here to kind of finalize it.”
The new facility has been up and running for about a month and they even recently hosted a 9u Cal Ripken State Tournament along with the big Father’s Day Tournament.
“Everyone has been, obviously, thrilled with the new facility. It’s a 180 from what we had…We’ve updated to the 21st century. I think people will really enjoy it especially when we get the batting cage complex and the playground complex, things like that, finished up. I think this will be an attraction from around the region to come here and play baseball.”
Nemnich says there is still some work to be done like the interior sod and irrigation plus the LED field lighting. Nemnich says they are about $300,000 short on the field lighting project.
If you’d like to reach out about donating to the 23 Club you can contact Nemnich at president@23Club.com.
We’ll hear more from Nemnich on the Thursday edition of KNEB.tv.