USCCP in the News

U.S. Cellular Community Park Sets Economic Impact Record

A 15 percent increase in teams traveling to Medford produced a record-setting $11.85 million year in economic stimulus produced by tournaments and special events held at U.S. Cellular Community Park during 2016, according to research conducted by the Medford Parks and Recreation Department.

The stimulus from 41 events shattered the previous record of $11 million established in 2015, the fifth consecutive record-breaking year.

A total of 1,837 teams competed on the 14 synthetic-grass fields at the 132-acre park, including 890 from outside the Rogue Valley. The visiting team count rose for the sixth consecutive year.

Since its May 2008 grand opening, the facility has generated over $79.6 million in estimated local sales stemming from 36,700 games and over 1.6 million sports-related participants and spectators. The $34.7 million estimated total spending by visiting teams since 2008 now exceeds the $32.5 million in park construction costs.

Parks and Recreation staff compiled the economic impact figures using empirical data-collection and analytical methods outlined by Texas A&M professor Dr. John L. Crompton in his 1999 book, "Measuring the Economic Impact.‚ÄĚ

The complete USCCP Annual Report is posted here.

U.S. Cellular Community Park is a municipal park owned managed and maintained by the City of Medford. The City of Medford and U.S. Cellular entered a facility naming rights agreement in 2008.

 

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World Series Trophies Coming to Medford

By Rich Rosenthal, Rec. Supt.
February 04, 2013
The San Francisco Giants have selected U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford as a destination for a public viewing of their 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies.
 
The famed trophies will be on display at the softball/baseball complex on Tue., March 26 from 2-4 p.m.
 
Park admission and parking is free of charge, although fans are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation youth scholarship fund.
 
Those wishing to take photographs of the trophies may do so at no charge from a designated location. Fans also have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with the trophy, and may purchase prints through an on-line service (unaffiliated with Medford Parks and Recreation or the City of Medford).
 
The World Champions Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America is held in conjunction with the annual North Medford High School Fastpitch Softball Invitational, which attracts over 30 teams from all over the state of Oregon.††††††††††
 
Formally known as The Commissionerís Trophy, the coveted award is hand-crafted by Tiffany & Co. master artisans. The design features 30 pennants representing the teams in the American and National Leagues encircling an 11-inch dome base, which is etched with latitude/longitude lines symbolizing the globe, adorned with 24-karat gold stitching representing those on a baseball. The sterling silver trophy weighs 20 pounds and stands 24 inches high.
 
Fans are not permitted to touch the trophies.
 
The trophy tour features stops in 28 cities over the course of three months. Medford is the northernmost destination, and the only Oregon location.
 
Over 1,300 people attended the 2011 Medford tour stop -- the second-largest turnout in a 35-city tour that year.
 
USCCP was selected because of the City of Medfordís longtime partnership with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund in coordinating the popular summertime Junior Giants t-ball and baseball program. Last year, over 550 children participated in the Junior Giants program locally Ė the fourth-largest among 85 participating communities.

Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive program that has served as a model for MLB youth initiatives.† Using baseball as the hook, Junior Giants provides opportunities for children to demonstrate confidence and leadership, to link with adult mentors and to develop a strong understanding of the importance of literacy and healthy living.†
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For more information about the Tour, visit sfgiants.com/trophy.
 

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