By Emma Marsano | Special to the Almanac
Portola Valley's Ford Field has hosted countless Little League games and community events since its construction more than 50 years ago. But the Little League opening day game that will be played at field on Saturday, March 15, is a special one.
It will be the first event held at Ford Field since a recent renovation that updated among other elements the field's backstop, dugouts and bleachers.
The hybrid ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening day celebration will offer attractions ranging from a speech by former Major Leaguer Eric Byrnes to a home run derby competition, open to any child registered in the league.
The town of Portola Valley invites current and former Little League players and their families to grab their bats and helmets, and to join those who helped fund the Ford Field renovation in breaking in the field's new sod on Saturday.
Each attendee is entitled to receive a commemorative Ford Field pin and some peanuts and Cracker Jack.
Ford Field is located at 3329 Alpine Road in Portola Valley; the festivities will begin at 9 a.m.