Conaty Park Dedication Saturday
BRYANT UNIVERSITY TO OFFICIALLY DEDICATE BASEBALL FACILITY SATURDAY
Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Take Place at 12:30 Followed by First Pitch at 1 p.m.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University will officially dedicate its new Conaty Park this Saturday, April 28, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m., followed by the "first pitch" at 1 p.m. when the Bulldogs take on Northeast Conference opponent Fairleigh Dickinson.
Thanks to the generous contributions of alumnus Bill Conaty '67, the Bryant baseball and softball complex was transformed into a first-class Division I facility. The facility includes bleacher seating for 500, including 200 chairback seats, as well as a new state-of-the-art press box for all in-game operations and broadcasts, turning the facility into arguably the best baseball/softball complex in New England.
Conaty, who served as captain of Bryant's 1967 baseball team and was recognized with the school's 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award, is a member of Bryant's 1863 Society.
He recently retired from the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources at General Electric, a company he first joined upon graduating from Bryant in 1967. Over the course of a distinguished 40-year career, he moved through a steady progression of leadership roles in the company's transportation, aerospace and aircraft engine businesses.
Conaty served as Chairman of both the National Academy of Human Resources and the HR Policy Association, and continues to serve on the advisory board of Cornell University's Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.
Among many other activities, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and has been lauded as "one of the most highly respected people in his field and a true business leader" by Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard J. Kramer.
The Bryant baseball team is currently in first place in the Northeast Conference with an impressive 17-3 league mark heading into this weekend's series with FDU. Overall, the Bulldogs are 25-15 with the second-most wins in New England and have a home record of 9-3 at Conaty Park.
In the 12 games played at Conaty Park since opening the complex in March, average attendance has nearly tripled from the 2011 season, with more than 10 home dates yet to be played.