Baseball Team Celebrates Its New Home With Grand Opening of Jenkins Clubhouse
LAKELAND (Feb. 14, 2012) – The new Jenkins Clubhouse, home of the Florida Southern College baseball team at historic Henley Field, will be unveiled to fans and supporters with an open house on Friday.
The open house begins at 5:30 p.m., just prior to a 7 p.m. game between the FSC Moccasins and the University of North Alabama Lions.
Also prior to the game, at 6:30 p.m., the 1978 and 1988 national championship baseball teams and the 1993 national championship softball team will be recognized, as part of the College’s Homecoming celebration.
The clubhouse, which is handsomely appointed, will be used by the varsity baseball team for its practices and home games. The 3,500-square-foot facility will include a locker room, training room, coach’s office, laundry, equipment room, and kitchen.
Henley Field, which is owned by the City of Lakeland, has been the home field of the FSC Moccasins for more than 40 years. The project became possible through generous support from Lakeland native David Jenkins, an executive member of the ownership group of the San Francisco Giants.
In addition to the clubhouse, Florida Southern has replaced and improved Henley Field’s sound system with state-of-the-art equipment, including speakers, wiring, and other components.
The FSC Moccasins have won nine Division II national baseball championships, 17 Sunshine State Conference titles, and have sent more than 170 players to professional baseball and 10 players to the major leagues, including 2011 American League All-Star Matt Joyce of the Tampa Bay Rays.