The Chico Heat Scorch the Great West League in Year One
The Chico Heat return to Nettleton Stadium in 2016 was a huge success! The Heat dominated the Great West League in what was the league’s inaugural season.
The Heat 2016 accolades ranged far and wide in their return to Chico. Awarded GWL Coach of the year, Heat skipper Fred Ludwig built a Championship ball club winning the first ever GWL Championship on the road against the Medford Rogues. Starting pitcher and workhorse of the Chico Heat pitching staff, Chico State Wildcat Stuart Bradley was awarded the GWL Pitcher of the Year award.
The community embraced the Heat’s return by setting the GWL single game attendance record with 4,415 fans showing up for the July 4th match-up against the Rogues. Additionally, Chico also led the GWL in average attendance and total attendance and ranked 15th nationally for total attendance for this level of baseball.
Heat baseball has generated some of the largest crowds in Butte County and has proven to be the most affordable family entertainment in all of Chico and the Northern Sacramento Valley.