Why Baseball? Chance to add to the athletic culture of the school. Attract new student base to the school. Generate a fan base and offer baseball youth camps in the community. Large pool of junior college baseball players in Northern California. Conferences include: Bay Valley, Big Eight, Coast North, Coast South, Central Valley, Golden Valley. Why Baseball? Very common for junior college baseball players to transfer to a four-year school. Baseball is competitive at all levels of collegiate baseball in California. Many good players are always looking for a school to play baseball for. Close proximity to Northern and Southern California junior college campuses for recruiting. Merced junior college has a consistent winning history in its baseball program. Possible chance to draw talent to UC Merced Why Baseball? Central Valley weather offers excellent baseball conditions all months of the year. UC Merced is in need of a men’s program as only two are offered compared to four women’s athletic programs. Why Baseball: Financially -Newspaper recognition -Website recognition -Radio broadcast -Potential Television deal -"Bobcats" logo. Will aid in the selling of merchandise -Sponsorship at events and on field -Field Rentals when not used by school -Popularity will increase the amount of applicants, higher demand = higher tuition -Alumni of baseball team will potentially "give back" through donations Budget Summary: Expected Revenue Summer Youth Baseball Camp Golf Tournament Concessions and Ticket Sales Team Program Sponsorship University Support Cooperate Sponsorship Private Athletic Program Donations Anticipated Total: $6,000,000 Budget Summary: Expenses Practice Equipment -$7,515 Field Equipment - $6,035 Game Day Equipment - $2,794 Uniform Cost – $5,100 Umpire Cost - $6,375 Budget Summary: Expenses Stadium Construction - $2,587,256 Field Maintenance - $97,465 Travel Cost - $19,600 Meals - $20,475 Hotel Rooms - $9,450 Post Season Tournament - $16,500 Budget Summary: Expenses Coaches Salary - $72,300 Recruiting Cost - $11,500 Miscellaneous Costs - $17,500 Estimated Total Expenses: $2,877,720 Concept of Proposed Baseball Field Baseball Field Field will include: Dugouts Backstop Fence Concession Stand Restrooms Bleacher Seating Sprinkler System Pitching and batting cages Proposed Space for Baseball Field The “Recreation Field” would be an ideal location on campus for a Baseball Field. The Two Parking lots nearby can serve as parking for Baseball Events There are also potential locations near Lake Road and Scholarship Lane Conclusion The addition of a Baseball Team will further build the UC Merced community, offering another avenue of opportunity for its students. Furthermore, it will encourage the local community, schools and kids to get more involved. Financially, the Baseball program will give back, just as much as it may need to take in. Overall, it will be a major addition and will prove to be beneficial for all who attend UC Merced.