2007 Hammons Field contract approved for baseball Bears



    The Missouri State University Board of Governors Friday (Dec. 15) approved a contract for the Missouri State baseball Bears to play in Hammons Field in 2007. It’ll be the fourth season for the Bears to use the 7,500-seat facility four blocks north of the Missouri State campus as the University will again lease the ballpark from John Q. Hammons.

    Missouri State will host the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Hammons Field May 23-26, 2007, to cap a home season in which the Bears host 26 regular season games in a 56-game schedule. The home season opens with a three-game series March 2-4 against Middle Tennessee State and the home slate includes Valley games against Northern Iowa (March 23-25), Bradley (April 6-8), Wichita State (April 20-22) and Indiana State (May 11-13). Other non-league opponents include South Dakota State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Kansas, Saint Louis, Southeast Missouri State, Missouri, Arkansas and Oral Roberts.

    Missouri State will pay Mr. Hammons $150,000 plus 25 percent of ticket revenues beyond $150,000 for the 2007 lease. The Missouri Valley Conference will pay an additional $6,000 to lease the facility for the Valley tournament. The Missouri State lease also includes a payment of $25,000 for the baseball Bears to use the indoor practice facility next to the clubhouse in right field.

    The terms of the agreement call for Missouri State to lease Hammons Field for Bears’ games and practices, including training rooms, equipment rooms, media areas, the Bears’ clubhouse and the indoor practice facility. In addition to use for games and practices, Missouri State will be able to use Hammons Field facilities for summer camps and recruiting purposes and the softball Bears will be able to use the indoor practice facility.



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