Itchy Jones Stadium grand opening scheduled for Thursday

    Itchy Jones speaking at the stadium groundbreaking.

    Itchy Jones speaking at the stadium groundbreaking.
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    March 12, 2014

    CARBONDALE, Ill. – Saluki Athletics will celebrate the grand opening of Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium on Thursday, March 13 with a ceremony at the newly renovated stadium. Jones, the winningest baseball coach in SIU history, will be the guest of honor. He will speak at the event and throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the stadium. Thursday’s ceremony will also feature the ribbon cutting of the Dan Callahan Clubhouse, which is newly renamed after the late Saluki coach who guided the team for 16 seasons.

    Also speaking at the ceremony will be SIU Chancellor Dr. Rita Cheng, SIU President Dr. Glenn Poshard, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mario Moccia, Head Baseball Coach Ken Henderson, Saluki Baseball student-athlete Todd Eaton, Saluki Baseball alumni Tom Caulfield and Bill Lyons, and Alexa Callahan, daughter of Dan Callahan.

    A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the outfield. The event is open to the public. Those attending are invited to park in the SIU Arena lot adjacent to the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex.

    The Salukis will play the first game at the new stadium when they host the University of Illinois on Friday, March 14 at 3 p.m.