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Public Recreation Unlimited is making progress on Rabobank Stadium Construction

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

In the fundraising homestretch, donations are still needed to complete the Project!

Salinas, CA-February 13, 2013- Public Recreation Unlimited (PRU) broke ground on Rabobank Stadium at the Salinas Sports Complex in August 2012. Throughout the winter, crews have been working diligently to dig the hole that will house the 11 feet below grade field, construct the field house and much more. While progress is going well and the project is on track to be completed by the end of August 2013, funds are still needed to meet the $7 million budget. PRU has raised over $6 million in private cash and in-kind donations to date. For a list of donors, please visit the “Project Donors” tab on www.publicrecreationunlimited.com. To donate to the project or schedule a site visit and interview, please contact Warren Wayland at 831-759-6300.

Progress photos can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/public.recreation.unlimited

 

About The Stadium:

The stadium will feature a bowl design with the playing surface 11 feet below the natural elevation. The field itself will be a synthetic turf surface and will be built to NCAA regulations.

The seating configuration will feature 3,500 seats on the home side of which 544 will be stadium seating. The visitor’s side will have seating for 1,500.

Other enhancements include a 3,000 square foot field house, two separate entrances, a barbecue and concession area, state of the art, full color video scoreboard and announcer/coaches booth.

This facility will be a premier sports venue for the City ofSalinasand provide opportunities to engage youth in positive activities. Potential uses for this facility include: professional and youth soccer, high school all-star and league play games for both football and soccer, Junior College all star games, Junior College bowl games, football and soccer clinics and it will serve as the home field for bothPalmaandNorthSalinasHigh Schoolfootball teams. The stadium will be used by the adjacent Boys and Girls Club, allowing for the club to increase its capacity by 40%.

A Salinas Valley Athletic Hall of Fame recognition area has been incorporated into the entry plaza. The first Hall of Fame induction event is tentatively scheduled for Friday August 31st and the Opening Day of Rabobank Stadium will be Saturday September 7th. More information and details about both events will be announced this Summer.

Public Recreation Unlimited Breaks Ground on Rabobank Stadium at the Salinas Sports Complex

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Salinas, CA-August 8, 2012- Public Recreation Unlimited (PRU) broke ground earlier today on the future site of Rabobank Stadium at the Salinas Sports Complex at 175 Maryal Drive in Salinas. Rabobank is a true community partner who believes in the goals of PRU and the future of the youth in our area. “As a community bank, Rabobank is proud to support a stadium that will provide a home for local sports teams, a venue for cultural events, and a place to foster community spirit here in Salinas,” said Harry Wardwell, Regional President of Rabobank.

Public Recreation Unlimited President Warren Wayland, President of the California Rodeo Association Benny Jefferson, Mayor of Salinas Dennis Donohue and Harry Wardwell Regional President of Rabobank were all on hand to address the crowd and talk about the importance of this project. The ceremony included a symbolic groundbreaking and was followed by a luncheon provided by Rabobank.

The state-of-the-art stadium will feature 90,000 square feet of artificial playing turf, 6,000 seats and be 11 feet below grade to create a bowl type field. Designers contributing to the project include Belli Architecture Group and Bellinger, Foster & Steinmitz. PRU has also partnered withHartnellCollegeand Rancho Cielo, utilizing students for various aspects of the project such as demolition of grandstands and other projects that will provide them with hands on experience in the construction trades.  The project, once completed, will be managed by the California Rodeo Association.

Construction is expected to be complete by August 30, 2013 so local high school teams can play their 2013 football seasons in the new Rabobank Stadium. The stadium will also be used almost daily by the neighboring Boys & Girls Club as a space for outdoor activities. The stadium will also going to be used for soccer games, all star football games and more.

Public Recreation Unlimited is appreciative of the contributions and donations received to date. The community is supporting this stadium in a big way; fundraising for the total $7 million dollar project is currently at 73% of budget. There are still sponsorship and naming opportunities available. For sponsorship information, a list of current PRU Board members and contributing sponsors, please visit www.PublicRecUnlimited.com or contact Warren Wayland at 831-759-6300.

About The Stadium:

 

The stadium will feature a bowl design with the playing surface 11 feet below the natural elevation. The field itself will be a synthetic turf surface and will be built to NCAA regulations.

 

The seating configuration will feature 3,628 seats on the home side of which 744 will be stadium seating. The visitor’s side will have seating for 1400.

 

Other enhancements include a 3,000 square foot field house, two separate entrances, a barbecue and concession area, state of the art scoreboard and announcer/coaches booth.  Over 100 new parking places will be added.

 

This facility will be a premier sports venue for the City ofSalinasand provide opportunities to engage youth in positive activities. Potential uses for this facility include: professional and youth soccer, high school all-star and league play games for both football and soccer, Junior College all star games, Junior College bowl games, football and soccer clinics and it will serve as the home field for bothPalmaandNorthSalinasHigh Schoolfootball teams. The stadium will be used by the adjacent Boys and Girls Club, allowing for the club to increase its capacity by 40%.

 

A Salinas Valley Athletic Hall of Fame recognition area has been incorporated into the entry plaza.

 

 

About Public Recreation Unlimited

 

Public Recreation Unlimited is a 501C3 charitable non-profit organization that was formed in 1970 raise funds from the public in order to place needed improvements on property devoted to recreational purposes. Since its inception, this group has raised millions of dollars for projects in Sherwood Park such as the renovation and reconstruction of the Rodeo Grounds into today’s multi-use Salinas Sports Complex that includes not only the arena, but softball fields, an indoor soccer facility and more. Public Recreation Unlimited is now embarking on a major fundraising campaign to collect $6 million dollars to build a state of the art stadium to house high school football, soccer and more. Youth in the Salinas Valley will benefit tremendously from the efforts of Public Recreation Unlimited. 

Public Recreation Unlimited’s ‘A Legendary Evening’ was a Legendary Success

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Public Recreation Unlimited’s ‘A Legendary Evening’ was a Legendary Success

Fundraiser Delighted a Sold Out Crowd with an Energetic Panel of NFL Greats

 

Salinas, CA-March 12, 2012- Those who purchased tickets to attend ‘A Legendary Evening’ may not have known what to expect, but surely left excited about The Stadium Project and the fact that Herm Edwards, NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Steve Young and Master of Ceremonies, Jim Tunney, donated their time to address the group about the great sport of football and the benefits of supporting your community with projects like this. The speakers were humorous, yet serious while discussing major issues going on in the NFL; they had a great rapport with each other and delivered an interesting panel discussion to the crowd of 471 people.

Public Recreation Unlimited and their dedicated committee had been working on this event for over a year and are proud to have achieved getting the NFL legends to attend, procuring all components of the delicious meal via donations and putting together an outstanding list of live auction items which included 12 footballs autographed by Herm Edwards, Steve Young and Ronnie Lott and delivered to the buyers via a pass from Steve Young, which was one of the highlights of the evening. Another highlight was the outstanding meal prepared by Chef Beat Giger and his team from Pebble Beach Resorts. They outdid themselves with a melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon and more. Their staff also trained and directed over 50 high school football players from North Salinas and Palma High Schools to deliver the meals to the guests. It is fitting that these players helped to put on the event as those two schools will call The Stadium their home. The Culinary Class from North Salinas High School also assisted the team from Pebble Beach Resorts. Youth and High School Cheerleaders from the Toro Bulls, Palma and North Salinas High Schools lent their spirit to the evening welcoming guests, ushering in the NFL greats and selling tickets right along side the 49er Gold Rush Cheerleaders.

The evening was a resounding success, bringing in an estimated $125,000 net profit through the live auction, ticket sales and a drawing for the ultimate tail gate package. The organizations that will use the new stadium that this money will go toward include not only North Salinas and Palma High School Football teams, but Pop Warner football teams, youth soccer leagues and the Boys and Girls Club. A total of 135 volunteers worked to make this event the tremendous success that it was. A special thank you to all of the event sponsors: Owner’s Suite Level: The Cava Family, 50 Yard Line Level: Don Chapin Co., Hayashi & Wayland, 1st Capital Bank and 30 Yard Line Level: Brent Eastman Insurance Services, California Rodeo Salinas, Chilton & House LLP, Colorful Harvest and Rabobank.

Another thank you goes out to our donors:

Live Auction Donors

Mission Ranches Company, LLC

San Jose Giants

Trey Busch & Aon Risk Insurance

Monica Abbott

Ron Clements

Sam Eastman

Warren Wayland

Mark House-Sports Gallery

Oakland Raiders

Oakland A’s Athletics

California Rodeo Salinas

Granite Construction

Richard Dorr-Discovery Charters

Stephen Goldman

NH3 Service Company-Jim Lipe

San Jose Sharks

Gib Papazian-Lucky Strike Farms

Alan Shipnuck

Phil Johnson

Salinas Golf & Country Club

Struve & Laporte Funeral Home

Alta Vista Mortuary

Michael Olmstead

Gary and Joan Vincenz

Boekenoogen Winery

Talbott Vineyards

Bernardus Winery

Mike Cling- The Sports Gallery

Coors Rodeo

Dan & Linda Russell-Western Rodeos

 

In-Kind Donations

Peninsula Business Interiors

TriCord

Mission Linens

Riddell-Rick Carl

A/V Solutions, Inc.

Jim Tunney Youth Foundation

Martella Printing & Graphic Design

 

Auctioneers

Butch Lindley

Kevin Richardson

 

Food Donations

Harris Ranch

Del Mar Seafood- Joe Roggio

Sysco

Berkeley Farms

Star Market

Sumano Bakery

Sam Jenkinson

Starbucks Coffee-South Main & North Main Streets

 

Dinner Preparation

Pebble Beach Resorts-Chef Beat Giger and his Culinary Team

 

Wineries
Boekenoogen

Caraccioli

Wrath

Manzoni

Scheid Vineyards

Paraiso

 

Special Thanks to Our Volunteers

Palma High School

North Salinas High School

Salinas High School

Toro Bulls

Vicki Andrus

Holly Harris

 

 

About Public Recreation Unlimited

 

Public Recreation Unlimited is a 501C3 charitable non-profit organization that was formed in 1970 raise funds from the public in order to place needed improvements on property devoted to recreational purposes. Since its inception, this group has raised millions of dollars for projects in Sherwood Park such as the renovation and reconstruction of the Rodeo Grounds into today’s multi-use Salinas Sports Complex that includes not only the arena, but softball fields, an indoor soccer facility and more. Public Recreation Unlimited is now embarking on a major fundraising campaign to collect $6 million dollars to build a state of the art stadium to house high school football, soccer and more. Youth in the Salinas Valley will benefit tremendously from the efforts of Public Recreation Unlimited.

 

 

 

 

 

A Legendary Evening is now SOLD OUT

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this event:

OWNER’S SUITE

The Cava Family

 

50 YARD LINE

1st Capital Bank

Don Chapin Company

Hayashi & Wayland

 

30 YARD LINE

Brent Eastman Insurance

Chilton & House LLP

Colorful Harvest

Rabobank

 

Live Auction Donors

Mission Ranches Company, LLC

San Jose Giants

Trey Busch & Aon Risk Insurance

Monica Abbott

Ron Clements

Sam Eastman

Warren Wayland

Mark House-Sports Gallery

Oakland Raiders

Oakland A’s Athletics

California Rodeo Salinas

Granite Construction

Richard Dorr-Discovery Charters

Stephen Goldman

NH3 Service Company-Jim Lipe

San Jose Sharks

Gib Papazian-Lucky Strike Farms

Alan Shipnuck

Phil Johnson

Salinas Golf & Country Club

Struve & Laporte Funeral Home

Alta Vista Mortuary

Michael Olmstead

Gary and Joan Vincenz

Boekenoogen Winery

Talbott Vineyards

Bernardus Winery

Mike Cling- The Sports Gallery

Coors Rodeo

Dan & Linda Russell-Western Rodeos

 

In-Kind Donations

Peninsula Business Interiors

TriCord

Mission Linens

Riddell-Rick Carl

A/V Solutions, Inc.

Jim Tunney Youth Foundation

Martella Printing & Graphic Design

 

Auctioneers

Butch Lindley

Kevin Richardson

 

Food Donations

Harris Ranch

Del Mar Seafood- Joe Roggio

Sysco

Berkeley Farms

Star Market

Sumano Bakery

Sam Jenkinson

Starbucks Coffee-South Main & North Main Streets

 

Dinner Preparation

Pebble Beach Resorts-Chef Beat Giger and his Culinary Team

 

Wineries
Boekenoogen

Caraccioli

Wrath

Manzoni

Scheid Vineyards

Paraiso

 

Special Thanks to Our Volunteers

Palma High School

North Salinas High School

Salinas High School

Toro Bulls

Vicki Andrus

Holly Harris

 

Public Recreation Unlimited to host ‘A Legendary Evening’ on March 10th

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Public Recreation Unlimited to host ‘A Legendary Evening’ on March 10th

Fundraiser to include a Gourmet Meal and All-Star Football Panel

 

Salinas, CA-February 14, 2012- Public Recreation Unlimited is in the final stages of planning a unique fundraiser titled ‘A Legendary Evening’ that will be held on Saturday March 10th. Former National Football League superstars and Forty Niners Steve Young and Ronnie Lott are confirmed to attend the event along with Hall of Famer Herm Edwards and former Head of NFL Referees Jim Tunney who will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. This elite evening will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Beat Giger of Pebble Beach Resorts, a panel of NFL stars, unique live auction items and more. The event will take place at the Salinas Sports Complex in the Exhibition Mall at 5:30pm. To stay up to date on ‘The Stadium’ project, visit www.PublicRecUnlimited.com where you will find the list of donors, board members, latest news, plans for the stadium and more.

The event proceeds will benefit ‘The Stadium’ project at Salinas Sports Complex. Learn more details below. Tickets for this event are $150 each and available now at 831-775-3100. The best seats will be assigned to those who secure their reservation with prompt payment. Donations are tax deductible. Support this worthy project that will enhance the lives of youth in the Salinas Valley for many years to come.

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Please email Steve Davis at sdavis@taylorfarms.com for more information about sponsorship levels and benefits.

About The Stadium:

 

The stadium will feature a bowl design with the playing surface 11 feet below the natural elevation. The field itself will be a synthetic turf surface and will be built to NCAA regulations.

 

The seating configuration will feature 3,628 seats on the home side of which 744 will be stadium seating. The visitor’s side will have seating for 1400.

 

Other enhancements include a 3,000 square foot field house, two separate entrances, a barbecue and concession area, state of the art scoreboard and announcer/coaches booth.  Over 100 new parking places will be added.

 

This facility will be a premier sports venue for the City of Salinas and provide opportunities to engage youth in positive activities. Potential uses for this facility include: professional and youth soccer, high school all-star and league play games for both football and soccer, Junior College all star games, Junior College bowl games, football and soccer clinics and it will serve as the home field for both Palma and North Salinas High School football teams. The stadium will be used by the adjacent Boys and Girls Club, allowing for the club to increase its capacity by 40%.

 

A Salinas Valley Athletic Hall of Fame recognition area has been incorporated into the entry plaza.

 

To donate to the project please contact Warren Wayland at 831-759-6300 and look for updates coming soon at www.publicrecunlimited.com.

 

 

About Public Recreation Unlimited

 

Public Recreation Unlimited is a 501C3 charitable non-profit organization that was formed in 1970 raise funds from the public in order to place needed improvements on property devoted to recreational purposes. Since its inception, this group has raised millions of dollars for projects in Sherwood Park such as the renovation and reconstruction of the Rodeo Grounds into today’s multi-use Salinas Sports Complex that includes not only the arena, but softball fields, an indoor soccer facility and more. Public Recreation Unlimited is now embarking on a major fundraising campaign to collect $6 million dollars to build a state of the art stadium to house high school football, soccer and more. Youth in the Salinas Valley will benefit tremendously from the efforts of Public Recreation Unlimited.

 

CONTACT: Warren Wayland, 831-759-6300

 

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott Joins Speaker’s Panel for New Stadium

Former 49er and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott will be joining his former team mate and fellow Hall of Famer Steve Young on the speaker’s panel at the fundraiser for the new stadium. Master of Ceremony for the evening will be long time NFL official Jim Tunney.

 Striving to raise at least $5 million more dollars to complete this state of the art stadium where the current Municipal Stadium now sits in disrepair, the organization is planning a one of a kind event on Saturday March 10, 2012.  Other former NFL players have been invited, but have yet to confirm. This elite evening will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Beat Giger of Pebble Beach Resorts, a panel of NFL stars, unique auction items and more. The event will take place at the Salinas Sports Complex in the Exhibition Mall. Tickets prices and more details will be released soon.

The California Rodeo Association strongly supports this effort to build a stadium for the youth in our community.

NFL Hall of Famers Steve Young & Ronnie Lott to Speak at Fundraising Dinner

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Just one year after announcing plans for The Stadium at Salinas Sports Complex, Public Recreation Unlimited (PRU) is building up momentum with over $1 million dollars in donations pledged to this worthy project that will benefit youth in the Salinas Valley. Striving to raise at least $6 million more dollars to complete this state of the art stadium where the current Municipal Stadium now sits in disrepair, the organization is planning a one of a kind event on Saturday March 10, 2012. Former National Football League superstars and Forty Niners Steve Young and Ronnie Lott are confirmed to attend the event along with former Head of NFL Referees Jim Tunney who will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Other former NFL players have been invited, but have yet to confirm. This elite evening will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Beat Giger of Pebble Beach Resorts, a panel of NFL stars, unique auction items and more. The event will take place at the Salinas Sports Complex in the Exhibition Mall. Tickets prices and more details will be released soon. To stay up to date on ‘The Stadium’ project, visit www.PublicRecUnlimited.com where you will find the list of donors, board members, latest news, plans for the stadium and more.

Tickets for this event are $150 each and available now at 831-775-3100. The best seats will be assigned to those who secure their reservation with prompt payment.

Click here for SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for this unique event.

First Donations for the Stadium

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Salinas, CA-April 13, 2011-The California Rodeo Association in conjunction with Public Recreation Unlimited announced plans earlier this year to remodel Salinas Municipal Stadium. The remodel will transform the old minor league baseball stadium into a 5,000 seat soccer and football facility. The $5 million dollar project will be built completely with private funding. Depending on the success of fundraising, the project is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2012. On Thursday April 7th, Public Recreation Unlimited was presented with its first donation check in the amount of $2,500 from Monsanto in honor of Benny Jefferson, the current 1st Vice President of the California Rodeo. The Rodeo Association is also pleased to contribute $250,000 toward the completion of the project. Roger LaFountain, General Manager of the Salinas Sports Complex, said “We are very excited to receive our first funding for the stadium project that has been in the works for many years. The stadium, when completed, will provide the community with a first-class facility that is desperately needed. It will allow organizations to expand their programs and serve more children.”

 About The Stadium:

 The stadium will feature a bowl design with the playing surface 11 feet below grandstand level. The field itself will be a synthetic turf surface and will be built to NCAA regulations.

 The seating configuration will feature 3,628 seats on the home side of which 744 will be stadium seating. The visitor’s side will have seating for 1400. Behind the north end zone area will be a grass area that can seat another 972 fans.

 Other enhancements include a 3,000 square foot field house, two separate entrances, a barbecue and concession area, state of the art scoreboard and announcer/coaches booth.  Over 100 new parking places will be added.

 This facility will be a premier sports venue for the City of Salinas and provide opportunities to engage youth in positive activities. Potential uses for this facility include: professional soccer, high school all-star games for both football and soccer, Junior College all star games, Junior College bowl games, football and soccer clinics. The stadium will be used by the adjacent Boys and Girls Club, allowing for the club to increase its capacity by 40%.

 A Salinas Valley Athletic Hall of Fame recognition area has been incorporated into the entry plaza.