In one of Hollywood’s most famous baseball-themed movies, a voice states, “If you built it, they wlll come.” For Rockland Little League softball players, that statement will ring true Saturday, April 30 when their own “Field of Dreams” officially opens.

After waiting six years, young Midcoast athletes finally will have their own new field and, on Saturday, a ceremony will be held to open and dedicate the George C. Hall Field on Pleasant Street behind the E. Allen Gordon Field, which is used for Little League baseball.

Saturday’s event will begin at 9:45 a.m. with speeches, a blessing of the field, the national anthem and a first pitch. Marion Hall, George Hall’s widow, will throw the first pitch to Sydney Hall, George’s great granddaughter. Sydney is a player in the league.

The field is named after George Hall, whose company has made a considerable donation to the Rockland Little League and the new field. George Hall also was a longtime supporter of Rockland youth athletics. George C. Hall and Sons Inc. is a local business which started in 1949.

“It’s going to be a great addition to the community and we are excited,” said Sam Hall, George Hall’s grandson and one of the company’s managers.

“The field is just beautiful,” said Rockland Little League board member Rich Mazurek. “With the addition of the field to our current location this will make the Gordon complex one of the finest in the State of Maine.”

“It’s an honor for a man that did a lot for the youth of the community,” Sam Hall said of his grandfather. “He donated his time and materials for numerous fields and I guess this is the culmination of the credit that he deserves.”

After six years of planning, including two for the production, the field is nearly complete. Overall, including volunteer time, the field has taken more than $100,000 to construct, Mazurek said.

Although the field continues to be under construction, simply to put the final touches on this week, builders said Saturday’s deadline will hold and the field dedication should go off without a hitch, weather permitting, of course. The field appears ready for play, as the fence is up, and the dugouts were put in place this week.

In large part, the project would not have been completed without the community support it received, Mazurek said.

In June, the Rockland Little League hosted its major event, the “Finish the Field” fundraiser, which raised $20,000 for the work. Additional funds have been raised through league candy bar sales.

“The building of this field has been a true community effort,” Mazurek said.

He added the league has received substantial support from Sam Hall at George C. Hall and Sons, the Rockland Rotary Club, which donated the dugouts, and Frost & Bryant and Jim Monroe Builders, who are building the enclosures for the children.

In return, the field will give back to the area and people that built it.

“Having everything at one location is just going to build such an atmosphere,” Mazurek said. “It truly will be a great place to just come to and spend a night watching kids play.”

Rockland Little League softball players traditionally have played regular-season and playoff games at the Jaycee Park on Old County Road. Now the city’s youth organization’s baseball and softball fields will be side by side.

Mazurek said having the baseball and softball fields together will allow more games to be played and free up the Jaycee Park, and lower Kenniston Field, for younger players.

Since the Little League teams will not be using the Old Country Road facilities, the younger players will have more time at Jaycee Park. Mazurek said that would, in turn, prepare them more for Little League.

After the opening ceremonies Saturday morning, all five softball teams in the league will play on the field with the first game at 10 a.m. In softball, on the George C. Hall Field, George C Hall will face Coppola at 10 a.m., Vinalhaven Islanders will play Kenniston Machine at noon and McDonald’s will play Vinalhaven Islanders at 2 p.m.

In baseball on E. Allen Gordon Field, which is located in front of the new field, starting at 10:30 a.m., the Vinalhaven Ravens will play the Elks, followed by Fisher Engineering versus the Ravens at 12:15 p.m.

There are six baseball teams and five softball squads in the Rockland Little League.

The Rockland Little League regular season was scheduled to begin play on Monday, April 25, as Lions faced Elks at 5:30 p.m.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at