Northwestern Oklahoma State University will officially dedicate its new baseball facility – Myers Stadium – in pregame ceremonies on Saturday, April 17.
Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m., with introductions, acknowledgements, the ceremonial first pitch and the singing of the National Anthem. The Rowdy Rangers will provide complimentary hot dogs while they last.
Following the ceremony, the Rangers will play host to Rogers State University for a twin-bill beginning at 1 p.m.
Myers Stadium honors two of Alva’s historical figures, the late W.D. Jr. and Lillie Myers. Myers’ daughter Mary Margaret Miller and her husband, Todd, have been the lead benefactors in the transformation of Northwestern’s baseball facility.
Myers Stadium, formerly named Ranger Field, now features an expansive seating area for fans, a new clubhouse for the Rangers, and a press box with facilities for media and special guests.
Mary Margaret graduated from Northwestern in 1986 and today serves as chairman of the board of Hopeton State Bank and as a director of the Central National Bank of Alva. Todd attended Northwestern in the early 1990s and is a part of the ownership group of KALV-AM in Alva and one of the most recognized voices in northwest Oklahoma.
Mary Margaret’s grandfather, W.D. Myers, became involved in Alva’s financial community in 1919 when he purchased a large interest in what was to become Central National Bank of Alva. He became president of the bank and led it until his death in 1951.
His son, W.D. Myers, Jr., continued the family legacy in the banking business by purchasing a majority interest in the Hopeton State Bank. Following the death of his father in 1951, he became president of Central National Bank of Alva.
Lillie Myers also was involved in the banking business, serving as a director on the boards of Hopeton State Bank and the Central National Bank of Alva.
Lillie Myers passed away in 1979, followed by W.D. in 1987.
The renovation of Northwestern’s baseball venue is one of two projects completed as part of the Vision for Victory campaign for athletics. The campaign has raised more than $2.4 million in private funds dedicated to improving athletic facilities.
Thu, April 8, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt