KALAMAZOO -- A Chicago investor has pledged $1 million toward a planned $2 million renovation of Western Michigan University's baseball stadium.
The Kalamazoo school says Hyames Field will be renamed Robert J. Bobb Stadium to honor the chief executive of Cardinal Growth LP, a 1969 Western Michigan alumnus. The school says Bobb made the pledge as a challenge to other donors and says Western has $600,000 in other pledges.
Western Michigan announced Friday the new field will open for the 2009 season. It says improvements will include a media box, two VIP suites, expanded dugouts, 500 chair-back seats and handicap-accessible seats.
Cardinal Growth's Web site says it manages more than $500 million in capital.