Chico Heat Ownership

Pat Gillick


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Pat Gillick – Born in Chico, Pat is the son of Larry Gillick, the longest tenured Sheriff in Butte County history. Pat Gillick played basbeball on a National Championship team for USC and is a 3-time Major League Baseball World Champion as a General Manager. Twice, with the Toronto Blue Jays and once, with the Philadelphia Philllies. Prior to being named GM of the Phillies, Gillick held the same position with the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Mariners. His career record as a GM stands at 2,276-1,993 (.533). Pat is in both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “I’m at the point in life where you want to give something back. What we’re trying to do here in Chico is give these young players an opportunity to play in a very competitive league in a good city, a good environment and a good stadium and help them develop their skills.”

Steve & Kathy Nettleton


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Steve & Kathy Nettleton – Recognized within the Chico community as a successful businessman, community leader, philanthropist, volunteer and major supporter of organizations such as California State University, Chico, The Boys and Girls Club of Chico and Enloe Medical Center of Chico. Mr. Nettleton has served as president for both the Chico Rotary Club and Chico Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the boards of all three of the above-mentioned organizations as well as Tri Counties Bank and
North State National Bank.

Steve, along with his wife Kathy of 54 years, have been ardent in their love of Chico, and in sharing their good fortune with these respective organizations that provide educational opportunities, life-saving services and life-changing guidance for young people growing up in Chico. Their greatest pleasure has been in donating substantial gifts toward the construction and development of these well deserving organizations.

Steve and Kathy have lived in Chico since 1971 and, like many of their good friends, have given untold hours of time and support to the many other deserving organization in the community. Their “good works” continue to help the community, and they feel blessed to be a part of their cherished Chico, California. “It is very exciting for me and Kathy to have the Chico Heat return to Nettleton Stadium. Our Beloved mascot, HEATER, will soon return to his many fans. It is our hope that the 2016 season will be the success that the Heat enjoyed in its past!”
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Bill Yuill


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Bill Yuill – Bill is Chairman and CEO of The Monarch Corporation, a private investment company with assets under management in communications, technology, real estate, transportation and sports properties. Bill is a Director for Shaw Communications and until recently served as a Director of the Western Financial Group. He currently serves as a Director for TSO Logic Inc. He is also an owner in the Western Hockey League, a member of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s College and a Director of McKenzie Meadows Golf Course.


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Chico Heat Sets Great West League Attendance Record in 2016

Fireworks Brought to You by Golden Valley Bank

What goes better with 4th of July than hotdogs, cold beer and baseball? Ask 4,415 Chico Heat Fans and they will tell you that baseball and fireworks is a recipe for success. Celebrating America's independence with over 4,000 fans, the Chico Heat set the Great West League single game attendance record while defeating the first place Medford Rogues. "The goal for tonight was to make sure we provided an affordable, family fun atmosphere for our fans on a day that rings true for many Americans" said Heat GM Hunter Hampton. [...]

Firework shows of this magnitude can cost upwards of $1,000 a minute said Hampton and added the show was made possible thanks to a partnership with Golden Valley Bank. Golden Valley Bank is responsible for bringing three fireworks shows to Chico this baseball season. As the fireworks sponsor, President and CEO Mark Francis of Golden Valley Bank was excited to see the crowd and said " this is the best, family, fun event in all Chico on the 4th of July."

Immediately following the game the fans were treated to a show that lasted almost 16 minutes where players, coaches, and host families sat along the first base line as the speakers blasted Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA and other patriotic songs. "The best fireworks show I have ever seen in Chico." said one season ticket holder after the game.

Nettleton Stadium seating capacity is approximately 4,200 seats and has two areas that are designated as a beer garden and picnic area. Each of these areas has picnic tables to sit and can hold up to another 300 people each. Once the announcement was made that there would be no more seats available to the 4th of July game, the Heat front office chose to offer standing room only tickets (SRO) where people could choose to stand and watch or visit one of the two picnic table areas to sit down and watch.

The Chico Heat and Golden Valley Bank will be offering more firework shows this upcoming year for the 2017 season. Tentatively, four shows are scheduled for Opening night, Fourth of July, GWL All-star game, and Military Appreciation Night.