NMSA closes ‘Tan Ko’, ‘Tan Ge’ fields


The Northern Marianas Sports Association is informing the public, especially the teams that are preparing for the upcoming Saipan Little League Baseball season, that both the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios baseball field and Miguel “Tan Ge Pangelinan softball field will be closed this week.

NMSA executive director Tony Rogolifoi said the closure is due to the improvement and renovation that Oleai Sports Complex staff will be doing on both fields, which will be utilized by the four divisions—minors, majors, juniors, and seniors—in the SLLB. The Saipan Baseball League will also use the “Tan Ko” ballfield for its competition in the 2018 season.

The “Tan Ko” field will be closed beginning today, Jan. 29, until Jan. 31, as the staff of the sports complex had started renovation work of the infield last week, doing the back filling and leveling of the dirt area.

The staff, whose three-day project aims to ensure the safety of the players, had also restored the pitcher’s mound and compacted the dirt in the area around home plate.

The “Tan Ge” field, on the other hand, will also be closed starting on Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.

Rogolifoi said they would immediately inform the public if both fields would be available for use once the renovation and other work are done. Teams that wanted to use the facilities, once they reopen, must submit a letter of request.

He added that the sports complex staff would release the new practice schedule in the order of which team submitted the letter of request first. The Pirates’ in majors division team in the SLLB will use the “Tan Ge” field next week, Feb. 5, Monday.

“Other teams currently utilizing the “Tan Ge” field are asked to submit their intentions to use it so we could schedule them, accordingly,” said Rogolifoi.

For more information, call Rogolifoi or any of the staff at 234-6672.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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