Soccer-specific stadium is a term used in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium, for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is for soccer; some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts. A soccer-specific stadium has amenities and scale suitable for soccer in North America, including a scoreboard, video screen, luxury suites and a roof; the field dimensions are within the range found optimal by FIFA: 110–120 yards long by 70–80 yards wide. These soccer field dimensions are wider than the regulation American football field width of 53 1⁄3 yards, or the 65-yard width of a Canadian football field; the playing surface consists of grass as opposed to artificial turf, as the latter is disfavored for soccer matches since players are more susceptible to injuries.
However, some soccer specific stadiums, such as Portland's Providence Park and Creighton University's Morrison Stadium, do have artificial turf. The seating capacity is small enough to provide an intimate setting, between 18,000 and 30,000 for a Major League Soccer franchise, or smaller for college or minor league soccer teams; this is in comparison to the much larger American football stadiums that range between 60,000 and 80,000 in which the original North American Soccer League teams played and most MLS teams occupied during the league's inception. As opposed to gridiron-style football stadiums, where the front row of seats is elevated several feet above the field of play to allow spectators to see over the heads of substitute players and coaches on the sidelines, soccer-specific venues have the front row closer to the level of the pitch, providing a more intimate experience. In the 1980s and 1990s, first-division professional soccer leagues in the United States, such as the North American Soccer League and Major League Soccer used American football fields, many of which were oversized in terms of seating capacity and undersized in terms of width of the soccer field.
Although many of the baseball parks had smaller capacities, natural grass, a wider field, these parks were in use during summer, when North American–based soccer leagues, such as Major League Soccer hold their seasons, the irregular field dimensions and sightlines were considered undesirable. Soccer-specific stadiums first came into use after the multi-purpose stadium era; the term "soccer-specific stadium" was coined by Lamar Hunt, who financed the construction of the Columbus Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer. In the 2000s, other Major League Soccer teams in the United States began constructing their own stadiums. Canada's first soccer-specific stadium was BMO Field in Toronto, home to Toronto FC; this stadium was renovated to accommodate Canadian football for subsequent seasons. The distinction is less prominent in Canada, where MLS's attendance figures are comparable to those of the domestic Canadian Football League, the CFL's wider field means fewer compromises must be made to accommodate both.
Of the three Canadian cities that host both MLS and CFL teams, only one has separate stadiums for each. In 2011 Bob Lenarduzzi confirmed that the Vancouver Whitecaps are now committed to BC Place, that plans for the waterfront stadium have been put on hold. All USL Championship teams will be required to play in self-owned, soccer-specific stadiums by the 2020 season; the following is a list of current USL stadiums that are soccer-specific stadiums: The term "football-specific stadium" is sometimes used in countries where the sport is known as football rather than soccer, although the term is not common in countries where football is the dominant sport and thus football-specific stadiums are quite common. The term tends to have a different meaning in these countries referring to a stadium without an athletics track surrounding the field; some soccer stadiums in Europe are used for other sports, including rugby, American football, field hockey. The problem with oversized stadiums designed for another sport is visible in European American football leagues and conflicts between teams sharing the stadium and owners of the stadiums sometimes arise, leading to attempts at single sport-specific venues.
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Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat; the objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner advances around the bases in order and touches home plate; the team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner. The first objective of the batting team is to have a player reach first base safely. A player on the batting team who reaches first base without being called "out" can attempt to advance to subsequent bases as a runner, either or during teammates' turns batting; the fielding team tries to prevent runs by getting batters or runners "out", which forces them out of the field of play.
Both the pitcher and fielders have methods of getting the batting team's players out. The opposing teams switch forth between batting and fielding. One turn batting for each team constitutes an inning. A game is composed of nine innings, the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins. If scores are tied at the end of nine innings, extra innings are played. Baseball has no game clock. Baseball evolved from older bat-and-ball games being played in England by the mid-18th century; this game was brought by immigrants to North America. By the late 19th century, baseball was recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, East Asia in Japan and South Korea. In the United States and Canada, professional Major League Baseball teams are divided into the National League and American League, each with three divisions: East and Central; the MLB champion is determined by playoffs. The top level of play is split in Japan between the Central and Pacific Leagues and in Cuba between the West League and East League.
The World Baseball Classic, organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, is the major international competition of the sport and attracts the top national teams from around the world. A baseball game is played between two teams, each composed of nine players, that take turns playing offense and defense. A pair of turns, one at bat and one in the field, by each team constitutes an inning. A game consists of nine innings. One team—customarily the visiting team—bats in the top, or first half, of every inning; the other team -- customarily the home team -- bats in second half, of every inning. The goal of the game is to score more points than the other team; the players on the team at bat attempt to score runs by circling or completing a tour of the four bases set at the corners of the square-shaped baseball diamond. A player bats at home plate and must proceed counterclockwise to first base, second base, third base, back home to score a run; the team in the field attempts to prevent runs from scoring and record outs, which remove opposing players from offensive action until their turn in their team's batting order comes up again.
When three outs are recorded, the teams switch roles for the next half-inning. If the score of the game is tied after nine innings, extra innings are played to resolve the contest. Many amateur games unorganized ones, involve different numbers of players and innings; the game is played on a field whose primary boundaries, the foul lines, extend forward from home plate at 45-degree angles. The 90-degree area within the foul lines is referred to as fair territory; the part of the field enclosed by the bases and several yards beyond them is the infield. In the middle of the infield is a raised pitcher's mound, with a rectangular rubber plate at its center; the outer boundary of the outfield is demarcated by a raised fence, which may be of any material and height. The fair territory between home plate and the outfield boundary is baseball's field of play, though significant events can take place in foul territory, as well. There are three basic tools of baseball: the ball, the bat, the glove or mitt: The baseball is about the size of an adult's fist, around 9 inches in circumference.
It wound in yarn and covered in white cowhide, with red stitching. The bat is a hitting tool, traditionally made of a solid piece of wood. Other materials are now used for nonprofessional games, it is a hard round stick, about 2.5 inches in diameter at the hitting end, tapering to a narrower handle and culminating in a knob. Bats used by adults are around 34 inches long, not longer than 42 inches; the glove or mitt is a fielding tool, made of padded leather with webbing between the fingers. As an aid in catching and holding onto the ball, it takes various shapes to meet the specific needs of differ
Andy Green (baseball)
Andrew Mulligan Green is the manager of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. He worked as the third-base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he was a versatile fielder, who had the ability to play in all of the positions in baseball. After making his debut, he played second base, third base, in the outfield, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 165 pounds as an active player. He was a consistent.300 hitter in the minor leagues, won a Pacific Coast League MVP award, played in the majors for three years with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a year with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, he played in the Cincinnati Reds organization and returned to the Major Leagues for a brief time in 2009 with the New York Mets. Andy Green was named Kentucky High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year and National Christian Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1996 and served as his high school class valedictorian, he attended the University of Kentucky on an academic scholarship.
He earned a BA in business administration. He broke five school records at UK and is still the school's all-time leader in hits and runs scored; as a senior in 2000, he batted.368/?/.603 and stole 27 bases. He was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015; the Arizona Diamondbacks took him in the 24th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft. Green spent most of his first pro season with the Missoula Osprey, hitting.229/.324/.277 and going 8 for 11 in steals. He was 0 for 9 in 3 games for the South Bend Silver Hawks. Arizona did not let him go, he improved in 2001, batting.300/.379/.394 for South Bend and stealing 51 of 66 bases. He was 60 steals behind Midwest League leader Chris Morris but led MWL second basemen in fielding percentage, putouts and double plays and was selected by Baseball America as MWL Best Defensive Second Baseman. In 2002, Andy hit.222/.294/.333 in a 27-game glance at AAA with the Tucson Sidewinders but spent most of the year in high class A, where the 24/25-year-old batted.309/.401/.464 with the Lancaster JetHawks.
He drove 36 had 15 steals but was thrown out 10 times. His 44 doubles between the two teams put him 5th in the minor leagues that year, he was three doubles away from the California League lead and was 5th in the league in batting average. On August 21, he hit for the cycle. Green had his third.300 stop in 2003 with the El Paso Diablos, posting a.302/.366/.400 line, doubling 38 times and stealing 17 in 26 tries. He tied Justin Leone for the Texas League lead in doubles and was third in average, trailing Ramón Nivar and Jake Weber. Andy returned to Tucson in 2004 and hit.327/.394/.534 with 31 doubles in 77 games. That earned him a call-up to the Diamondbacks, where he only managed a.202/.241/.266 line in 46 games as a backup infielder. His first big-league hit was a pinch-hit homer against José Contreras. Green had his biggest minor league season in 2005, he batted.343/.422/.587 with the Sidewinders with 46 doubles, 13 triples, 19 homers and 125 runs in 135 games while rapping 182 hits. In addition to second, he played third and the outfield.
He led the Pacific Coast League in runs, total bases and triples and was 6th in average. He reached base in 54 consecutive games at one point and doubled his career home run total, he tied for 8th in the minors in average, scored 11 more runs than any other minor league that year, was second in the minors in hits, second in total bases, tied for third in doubles and second in extra-base hits. Baseball America named him a second-team minor league All-Star behind Howie Kendrick among second basemen on the farm and the top 2B in AAA, he won the league MVP award. In a September call-up to Arizona, Andy managed a.226/.359/.258 line in 17 games. Green won the final spot on the 2006 Diamondbacks roster but was used, hitting.186/.293/.267 as a backup infielder and in the difficult role of pinch-hitting. He only got nine starts during the year, he briefly appeared with Tucson in a rehab stint, batting only.240/.288/.320 in 18 games there. That year, he was honored by the Kentucky State legislature, which proclaimed him an "outstanding citizen of the Commonwealth and an exemplary role model for the young student athletes in the Bluegrass State."
After the 2006 season ended, Andy began a long series of negotiations with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, who had just won the 2006 Japan Series but had lost star Michihiro Ogasawara to free agency and outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo to retirement. In late November, Arizona sold Green's rights to Nippon Ham, which signed him for a $50,000 bonus and $660,000 salary for 2007. There was an option for Nippon Ham for 2008 for $850,000 with a $100,000 buyout clause. Green spent much of his Japanese term in ni-gun, he was placed on waivers in late August. Late in 2007, Green was signed by the Cincinnati Reds, he began the 2008 season with the Louisville Bats. He was released on July 1 was picked up by the New York Mets organization, where he started hitting well, he batted.331 with 8 home runs in 52 games with the New Orleans Zephyrs of the PCL to give the Mets a reason to keep him for another year. He returned to the Major Leagues for 4 games with the Mets in 2009, going 1 for 4, it pushed his lifetime Major League batting average above th
San Diego is a city in the U. S. state of California. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California 120 miles south of Los Angeles and adjacent to the border with Mexico. With an estimated population of 1,419,516 as of July 1, 2017, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California, it is part of the San Diego–Tijuana conurbation, the second-largest transborder agglomeration between the U. S. and a bordering country after Detroit–Windsor, with a population of 4,922,723 people. The city is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy, recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. San Diego has been called "the birthplace of California". Home to the Kumeyaay people, it was the first site visited by Europeans on what is now the West Coast of the United States. Upon landing in San Diego Bay in 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area for Spain, forming the basis for the settlement of Alta California 200 years later.
The Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcalá, founded in 1769, formed the first European settlement in what is now California. In 1821, San Diego became part of the newly independent Mexico, which reformed as the First Mexican Republic two years later. California became part of the United States in 1848 following the Mexican–American War and was admitted to the union as a state in 1850; the city is the seat of San Diego County and is the economic center of the region as well as the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. San Diego's main economic engines are military and defense-related activities, international trade, manufacturing; the presence of the University of California, San Diego, with the affiliated UCSD Medical Center, has helped make the area a center of research in biotechnology. The original inhabitants of the region are now known as the San La Jolla people; the area of San Diego has been inhabited by the Kumeyaay people. The first European to visit the region was explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, sailing under the flag of Castile but born in Portugal.
Sailing his flagship San Salvador from Navidad, New Spain, Cabrillo claimed the bay for the Spanish Empire in 1542, named the site "San Miguel". In November 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast. Arriving on his flagship San Diego, Vizcaíno surveyed the harbor and what are now Mission Bay and Point Loma and named the area for the Catholic Saint Didacus, a Spaniard more known as San Diego de Alcalá. On November 12, 1602, the first Christian religious service of record in Alta California was conducted by Friar Antonio de la Ascensión, a member of Vizcaíno's expedition, to celebrate the feast day of San Diego. Permanent colonization of California and of San Diego began in 1769 with the arrival of four contingents of Spaniards from New Spain and the Baja California peninsula. Two seaborne parties reached San Diego Bay: the San Carlos, under Vicente Vila and including as notable members the engineer and cartographer Miguel Costansó and the soldier and future governor Pedro Fages, the San Antonio, under Juan Pérez.
An initial overland expedition to San Diego from the south was led by the soldier Fernando Rivera and included the Franciscan missionary and chronicler Juan Crespí, followed by a second party led by the designated governor Gaspar de Portolà and including the mission president Junípero Serra. In May 1769, Portolà established the Fort Presidio of San Diego on a hill near the San Diego River, it was the first settlement by Europeans in. In July of the same year, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded by Franciscan friars under Serra. By 1797, the mission boasted the largest native population in Alta California, with over 1,400 neophytes living in and around the mission proper. Mission San Diego was the southern anchor in Alta California of the historic mission trail El Camino Real. Both the Presidio and the Mission are National Historic Landmarks. In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain, San Diego became part of the Mexican territory of Alta California. In 1822, Mexico began its attempt to extend its authority over the coastal territory of Alta California.
The fort on Presidio Hill was abandoned, while the town of San Diego grew up on the level land below Presidio Hill. The Mission was secularized by the Mexican government in 1834, most of the Mission lands were granted to former soldiers; the 432 residents of the town petitioned the governor to form a pueblo, Juan María Osuna was elected the first alcalde, defeating Pío Pico in the vote. However, San Diego had been losing population throughout the 1830s and in 1838 the town lost its pueblo status because its size dropped to an estimated 100 to 150 residents. Beyond town Mexican land grants expanded the number of California ranchos that modestly added to the local economy. Americans gained increased awareness of California, its commercial possibilities, from the writings of two countrymen involved in the officially forbidden, to foreigners, but economically significant hide and tallow trade, where San Diego was a major port and the only one with an adequate harbor: William Shaler's "Journal of a Voyage Between China and the North-Western Coast of America, Made in 1804" and Richard Henry Dana's more substantial and convincing account, of his 1834–36 voyage, the classic Two Years Before the Mast.
In 1846, the United States went to war against Mexico and sent a naval and land expedition to conquer Alta California. At firs
Omar Teodoro Antonio Minaya y Sánchez is the current Special Assistant to the General Manager of the New York Mets. He served as General Manager for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. Born in the Dominican Republic, he moved to Elmhurst, in Queens, New York City at the age of eight and grew up in Corona. Minaya starred as a baseball player at Newtown High School in Elmhurst. Minaya was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 14th Round of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft, he had a short-lived career in the minor leagues as well as stints in leagues in both the Dominican Republic and Italy. After injuries ended his playing career, Minaya joined the Texas Rangers' scouting team in 1985, where he helped in the signing of players such as Sammy Sosa, Juan González, Pudge Rodriguez. In the mid-1990s, Minaya left Texas and returned home to join the staff of the New York Mets, working his way to assistant general manager behind Steve Phillips and being responsible for that team's late-1990s success.
Minaya became the first Hispanic to hold a general manager position in Major League Baseball when he left the Mets in early 2002 to accept the general manager position with the Montréal Expos. In 2002, Minaya was named vice president and general manager of the Montreal Expos, taken over by the other 29 major league teams; this unusual ownership arrangement was reached after a period of contraction rumors and the purchase of the Florida Marlins by former Expos owner Jeffrey Loria. When he arrived, there were only six other employees in baseball operations. With the fan base declining and speculation that the team would be relocated, Minaya was forced to work with limited financial resources. Despite these limitations, Minaya was aggressive in his attempt to make the Expos a contender. On June 27, 2002, he traded Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens to the Cleveland Indians for Bartolo Colón. On July 11, he acquired Cliff Floyd from the Marlins only to deal him to the Boston Red Sox for Sun-Woo Kim and a minor leaguer by the end of the month.
The 2002 Expos ended up with an 83–79 record and second place in the National League East. The 2003 Expos finished with an identical 83–79 record, were much in the wild card race when Minaya was denied permission to make the usual call-ups that MLB teams make in September. This, combined with the departure of star Vladimir Guerrero after the season, cost the Expos what little goodwill they still had in Montreal; the Expos went 67 -- 95 in 2004 amid reports. When it was announced that the Expos would relocate to Washington, D. C. for the 2005 season, Minaya learned that with the move would come a new front office and coaching position. The half-season rental of Bartolo Colón made by Minaya made as general manager of the Expos is part of arguably one of the worst trades of the century, as it included the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner in Lee and future All-Stars Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore. Minaya dealt away a number of other young players that went on to enjoy significant success upon reaching the major league level.
These included: Jason Bay Carl Pavano Chris Young After the Mets continued to struggle at the conclusion of the 2004 season, Mets owner Fred Wilpon asked Minaya to become the team's general manager. In Minaya's first offseason he made two significant free agent signings, adding pitcher Pedro Martínez and outfielder Carlos Beltrán. Signing Martinez helped raise the awareness of the Mets in Latin America, leading Minaya to remark that Martinez was "a guy that makes the brand." Under new manager Willie Randolph, the Mets improved from 71 wins in 2004 to 83 wins in 2005, staying in the hunt for the postseason until the last week of the season. Minaya's work in the 2005 offseason would further shape the franchise, adding closer Billy Wagner, first baseman Carlos Delgado and veteran catcher Paul Lo Duca, he strengthened the bench by adding utility infielder José Valentín, first baseman Julio Franco and outfielder Endy Chávez. Bullpen acquisitions included Chad Bradford, Jorge Julio, Duaner Sánchez.
Despite the veteran additions, Minaya was able to limit payroll by trading Mike Cameron to the San Diego Padres for Xavier Nady and Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles for Jorge Julio and John Maine. In 2006 the Mets won the National League East by 12 games, finishing first with a National-League-best and Major League-tied 97 wins. During the season, Minaya fortified the team by making additional trades, acquiring Orlando Hernández and Óliver Pérez and Roberto Hernández and trading away second baseman Kazuo Matsui. Minaya and the Mets were featured in the Sports Illustrated cover story for the June 2007 issue; the article focused on Minaya's upbringing in the Dominican Republic and Queens, as well as his brief minor league playing career, his two years playing professional baseball in Tuscany, time as an international scout in the Rangers' organization. The Mets signed Moisés Alou to multiple lucrative contracts, but Alou was plagued with injuries during his Mets career. Minaya traded away several young pitchers that many fans believe could have helped the Mets avert their historic breakdown at the end of the 2007 season.
In November 2006, Minaya sent Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins. A few days he sent
San Diego Padres Hall of Fame
The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team in Major League Baseball based in San Diego, California. The club was founded in 1969 as part of the league's expansion; the team's hall of fame, created in 1999 to honor the club's 30th anniversary, recognizes players and executives who have made key contributions to the franchise. Voting is conducted by a 35-member committee. Candidates must wait at least two years after retiring to be eligible for induction, though Tony Gwynn was selected during his final season in 2001 before the last game of the year, he was the Hall of Fame's first unanimous selection. There are 15 members in the team's Hall of Fame, the most recent inductee being Kevin Towers in 2018; the inductees are featured in an exhibit at Petco Park. Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, power-hitting first baseman Nate Colbert, former owner Ray Kroc were elected to the founding class of the Padres Hall of Fame by a 24-panel committee that included 18 media members who had covered the Padres for at least seven years, four Padres representatives and one representative from the San Diego Baseball Historical Society and the Madres—a San Diego organization that promotes baseball.
When Trevor Hoffman's induction was announced in 2014, Padres president Mike Dee stated that the hall's membership needed to be expanded "for those who may have not had Hall of Fame careers like Trevor." Hoffman's induction was the first since manager Dick Williams' in 2009, as former club owners John Moores and Jeff Moorad had neglected the hall. New Padres ownership led by Ron Fowler placed a renewed organizational emphasis on the Hall of Fame, which included Hoffman's induction as well as future plans to relocate and redesign the hall's exhibit at Petco Park; the exhibit opened on July 1, 2016, at Padres Hall of Fame Plaza, located near the left field entrance of the park at the back of the Western Metal Supply Company building. The new facilities were part of the festivities for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, hosted at Petco Park; the plaza is a tribute to not only the history of the major league club, but the history of baseball in San Diego, including the Padres from the Pacific Coast League.
On the same day the plaza opened, the Padres inducted San Diego native Ted Williams into their hall of fame. He played for the PCL Padres in 1936 and 1937, is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; the Hall of Fame Plaza at Petco was to be named in honor of then-MLB commissioner Bud Selig, but the Padres reconsidered after negative reaction from the media and fans. Plans for the plaza included eventual statues of Padres greats. Breitbard Hall of Fame, San Diego sports hall of fame General"San Diego Padres Uniform Numbers". Baseball-reference.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Specific Padres Hall of Fame at padres.mlb.com
Ronald L Fowler is the executive chairman of the ownership group of the San Diego Padres franchise in Major League Baseball. He serves as the CEO of Liquid Investments Incorporated, a San Diego beer distributorship. Fowler was a member of a minority group; the group, headed by then-Padres chief executive Jeff Moorad, attempted to buy the Padres from controlling owner John Moores for $530 million, but the deal fell through in April 2012. Fowler replaced Moorad as the general partner of the minority group, he served on the Padres executive committee. Fowler joined a new group to purchase the Padres that included four heirs to the O’Malley family—who owned the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise for five decades. Kevin and Brian O'Malley are the sons of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and grandsons of Walter O'Malley, the owner who moved the Dodgers west from Brooklyn after the 1957 season. Peter and Tom Seidler are the nephews of Peter O’Malley. MLB approved the $800 million sale, which completed on August 28, 2012.
As much as $200 million of the sale price included the team's 20-percent stake in Fox Sports San Diego, a cable channel that pays the Padres annual fees as part of a $1.2 billion, 20-year agreement. Fowler was named the ownership group's executive chairman and was designated to represent the Padres in all league meetings, he became the first locally based control person of the team since founding owner C. Arnholdt Smith. Fowler is the chairman and CEO of held Liquid Investments Inc. the parent company of operating entities in California and Colorado. The investment group distributes Miller, Coors and other beer brands and has annual sales exceeding $220 million. Fowler owned an indoor soccer team that won 10 championships in 11 years, he chaired San Diego's first task force that selected a site for what was Petco Park, he chaired the host committee for Super Bowl XXXVII held in Qualcomm Stadium in 2003. Fowler and his wife Alexis have made major contributions to her alma mater, San Diego State University.
The school's College of Business Administration was renamed the Fowler College of Business in 2016 in response to the couple's $25 million endowment pledge to the business school. An earlier challenge donation that raised $10 million for the athletics center resulted in its being named the Fowler Athletic Center. Ron Fowler profile at BusinessWeek.com