Pitt-Bradfordwill rededicate its Kessel Athletic Complex during the
Pennsylvania Little League Championships to be held at the facility next week.
The public is invited to attend the
ceremony, which will take place on the softball field before semi-final games
at 3:30 p.m. July 25. The rededication celebrates a $2.68 million renovation
that occurred during the summers of 2011 and 2012, resulting in significant
improvements to the baseball, soccer and softball fields. The softball field
underwent the most significant upgrade and was not available for play until this
The renovations were made possible by
a $2.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant secured by the
City of Bradford in conjunction with Pitt-Bradford. The grant resulted from the
combined efforts of state Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Brockway, and state Rep.
Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint. Both legislators will be present for the
A cooperative agreement between the
City of Bradford and Pitt-Bradford 38 years ago led to the development of the
Kessel Athletic Complex. Since that time, Pitt-Bradford sports teams and
residents of Bradford and surrounding municipalities have used the field for
organized sports and recreation.
Among the local teams that regularly
use the complex are Bradford Area High School, McKean County Legion Baseball
League, Bradford Legion Baseball League, Alle-Catt Baseball League, Bradford
Youth Soccer League, Smethport Soccer League, Community Soccer League and
Bradford Midget League Football.
The renovations to the softball
field included lighting, dugouts, scoreboard, outfield fencing, press box and
bathrooms. The baseball field received a new concession stand, press box and
restrooms, as well as disabled-accessible path to the field and safe parking.
Locker rooms were added for visiting teams, and Wagner Avenue was paved.
The Panthers played their first
season on the new softball field this spring.