CLEARWATER — After a year-long, $3.3 million renovation, the Sid Lickton Sports Complex, 714 N. Saturn Ave., will reopen its seven ball fields at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Afterward, an opening day celebration for Clearwater Little League will be held.
Two-time Olympic fast-pitch softball gold medalist Michele Smith, Mayor George Cretekos, City Manager Bill Horne and Belleair officials are expected to attend. Tampa Bay Rays play-by-by 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,” the mayor said in a new release. “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.”
First pitches for each field will take place simultaneously and will be thrown by representatives from Clearwater, Pinellas County, Clearwater Little League, Clearwater for Youth and Belleair. Other activities will include a children’s entertainment area and an appearance by Clearwater Threshers mascot Phinley.
The Sid Lickton renovations include a reconfiguration of the playing fields, a new concession stand, press box, restrooms and five scoreboard stations.