Branden del Rio
The campaign to save Ben Hines Field continued Tuesday. This time almost all athletic teams came out to show their support.
“What we’re trying to do is the same thing as last time,” said Alan Heide, junior pitcher and the event’s organizer.
“We want to keep the events going to show administration that there are other things to do here; that (the field) has a value for everyone.”
Women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s tennis and the men’s and women’s water polo teams were among the teams that came to the event.
A lunch of hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken wings and snacks was served as the athletes sat at several tables on the field.
The event began at 2:30 p.m. and although the number of people who attended was smaller than the last event, approximately 80 people still showed up.
“It’s not really as structured as our other events where we have to sit with our teams. Here we can mingle,” Samuel Adams, a junior on the men’s basketball team, said
Over the duration of the event students and athletes continued to trickle in and out of the gates of the field.
There was less tension in the air than the previous event. The athletes and students were able to relax, talk and play games on the field.
People took out their tennis rackets and began to play makeshift games of tennis. Even a few members of the water polo teams brought out some water balloons and had an impromptu water balloon fight.
Heide mentioned that as a result of the last event, on April 12, that the administration was looking into building a temporary space to practice at Fairplex instead of Mount San Antonio College.
Heide and the baseball team have other events planned to show that Ben Hines field is more than just a place the teams use to play and practice.
In the near future they hope to begin an intramural softball tournament just as there is an intramural volleyball tournament.
“I think it’s a great way for the baseball guys to interact and get their message out to the students and other teams. It’s more personal,” said Daisy Aldana, a sophomore anthropology major who attended the event.
The petition to save the field was also present. After their first event 326 people signed the petition. As of Wednesday 750 people had signed.
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