Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Friday To Celebrate Simmons Bank Pavilion At Newly Named Bill Jones Field At Torii Hunter Complex
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Department of Athletics, along with UA System President Donald Bobbitt, members of the UA System Board of Trustees, Simmons First National Corp. CEO George Makris, and Sissy’s Log Cabin President Bill Jones will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Simmons Bank Pavilion and announce the newly named Bill Jones Field on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Torii Hunter Baseball and Softball Complex.
The Simmons Bank Pavilion consists of a press box, office space, team locker room, and concession stand. Moser Construction, LLC led the construction of the project. Makris, Jones, and Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander will throw the first pitch at Friday’s game versus the Grambling State Tigers.
“The completion of the Simmons Bank Pavilion is a major highlight of the 2019 baseball season. UAPB is fortunate to have support from our community partners to complete the Torii Hunter Complex,” said Dr. Alexander. “We are forever grateful for the long-standing relationships with Bill Jones, Torii Hunter, and Simmons Bank that have positioned UAPB to enhance its athletics facilities.”
“This new pavilion and the naming of Bill Jones Field punctuates the new era of Golden Lion athletics at UAPB,” said Melvin Hines, II, director of athletics. “Pine Bluff is Our Town and Our Team, and we hope and expect that fans will be excited to see our new additions and increase their support of UAPB Athletics.”
Hunter, a five-time Major League Baseball All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner, provided the initial donation to begin renovations on the complex nearly seven years ago.
“To finally see the completion of the Complex is a wonderful feeling,” said Hunter. “For the student-athletes and fans, this facility will increase the quality of game-day experiences. It gives everyone a higher sense of pride—an attitude that will help the Golden Lions win at home.”
“We are excited this day is here and that the Golden Lions will have a first-class baseball facility for years to come,” said George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp. “We hope this elevates the program and helps these student-athletes reach their goals both on and off the field.”
“I’m deeply honored by UAPB’s decision to name its field the Bill Jones Field. My family loves the Golden Lions, and we are thrilled to see the transformation of this Complex,” said Bill Jones, president of Sissy’s Log Cabin.
“We are blessed and thankful for Torii, Bill, Simmons and everyone who contributed to the improvements to our facility and the building of the Simmons Bank Pavilion,” said UAPB Baseball Head Coach Carlos James. “This gives us the ability to further improve Golden Lion Baseball. As a proud Pine Bluff native, myself and my staff are working daily to build a championship program the entire region can be proud of.”