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Brooks, Robach and Alesi Join Red Wings to Announce Improvements to Frontier Field

Sat, Mar 11 2006


Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Senator Joe Robach and Senator Jim Alesi today joined the Rochester Red Wings to announce improvements slated for Frontier Field.

Senator Robach and Senator Alesi announced that they have secured a commitment for $1.6 million in State aid which will be directed toward funding of a new scoreboard, replacement of the playing field, and maintenance related improvements at the 10-year old stadium. In return, the Red Wings have committed to invest at least $800,000 to help fund these improvements.

“I want to thank Senator Robach, Senator Alesi and our entire Senate Delegation for their efforts in securing this State funding, which eliminates the need to spend any County taxpayer dollars on these improvements,” said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. “I also applaud the Red Wings for their commitment to help fund the stadium improvements. This collaborative effort of our Senate Delegation and the team will enhance this community facility, continuing its reputation as a great venue for fans and players alike.”

“I am pleased to have worked with Senators Alesi, Nozzolio, and Maziarz to secure this funding for a new scoreboard and additional improvements to Frontier Field,” said Senator Joe Robach. “The Red Wings are a great community asset and by securing State funding for this project, we are alleviating the burden on County taxpayers, providing jobs for local workers, and boosting our economic base here in this community. We will continue to work together as a Delegation to bring resources back to this area to benefit our residents here in Rochester and throughout Monroe County.”

“This funding follows my earlier efforts in providing $1 million to assist with the building of a roof over the first base line,” said Senator Jim Alesi. “I am pleased to join my colleagues in announcing an additional $1.6 million for this much needed scoreboard and other improvements. This is a great enhancement to an already superb, world-class ballpark.”

“I want to thank Senator Robach, Senator Alesi, the Senate Delegation, and County Executive Brooks for their support of Rochester Community Baseball and the Red Wings,” said Naomi Silver, Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer. “Frontier Field is now a 10-year old facility and is in need of various improvements. These State funds, in addition to funds committed by our organization, will be used to make Frontier Field an even better facility for the team and most important, for our fans.”

The existing scoreboard is 10 years old and in need of replacement. It is scheduled to be completely removed March 13 and the new scoreboard will be installed March 15. It will be officially unveiled to the public on April 8, Red Wings Opening Day. The new scoreboard is approximately 24’ x 32’. It is one of the largest sports video installations in the State of New York and one of the top five in Minor League Baseball. The playing field is scheduled to be replaced in the fall, upon the conclusion of the 2006 Season.

Monroe County is recognized as one of the nation’s top sports communities. Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal named Rochester the “Best Minor League Sports City in America” in 2005. In 2004, the Rochester Red Wings were awarded the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy, the top honor given by Minor League Baseball. In 1998, Baseball America, baseball’s pre-eminent publication, named Rochester “Baseball City, USA”.

“This year, we celebrate 10 years at Frontier Field, a significant milestone for the team and for Monroe County. Frontier Field is a great community asset and the Red Wings have contributed significantly to our quality of life and our profile as one of the nation’s top sports communities,” Brooks concluded.