The City of Round Rock celebrated its 20-year partnership with the Round Rock Express with special recognitions at the team’s game against the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday, June 15.
The event festivities included a first pitch thrown by Mayor Morgan and four of Round Rock’s former Mayors: Alan McGraw, Nyle Maxwell, Robert Stluka and Charles Culpepper. City staff and those who played an integral part in securing the partnership with Round Rock Express were also honored between innings.
“What makes this partnership work are the city’s wonderful citizens and the Express’ wonderful fans,” Mayor Craig Morgan said during a proclamation at the game. “To the whole Express organization, I’d like to personally thank you for all that you’ve done in our community. We’re excited for the next 20 years.”
The Express were founded as a Double-A franchise in 2000 by Ryan Sanders Baseball, a group made up of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, Houston businessman Don Sanders, and his sons Bret and Brad. Reid Ryan worked with former Round Rock Mayor Charlie Culpepper to build community support for the team, while simultaneously setting the wheels in motion to build Dell Diamond prior to the team’s inaugural season.
In the past 20 years, Dell Diamond has become a staple in the Round Rock community. The stadium serves as a premier Central Texas destination and is constantly ranked among the top in Minor League Baseball. Dell Diamond is a true multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex, hosting Express games, concerts, expos and festivals, among other events.