With the first game at Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium less than a week away, Butte’s $2.3 million ballpark is nearly ready to go.
The 3 Legends Stadium sign was hung this weekend, and only a few more finishing touches are needed before the Butte Miners play host to the Bitterroot Bucs at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The game will be the first home night game for a Butte American Legion baseball team since the Miners and Muckers played at Alumni Coliseum at Montana Tech in 2012. The Butte teams played on Field No. 4 at Copper Mountain Park, which is just yards away from the new stadium, the last four years.
The stadium name, which honors long-time legion supporters Jack Whelan, Jim Hanley and Jack Cavanaugh, was approved by the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners at the May 3 meeting.
A dinner and opening ceremonies will precede the first game at the stadium.
At 4:30 p.m., a Butte-Silver Bow ribbon cutting will be held. A pasty dinner and dedication ceremony for Whelan, Hanley and Cavanaugh will take place at 5. Cost is $25 per person, and it is limited to 100 people.
At 6:20, the American Legion color guard will present the colors for the national anthem. The ceremonial first pitch by a member of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation will be held at 6:25. The Foundation donated $1 million for the construction of the stadium.
Little League players will get into the game for free if they wear their team uniforms to the game.