Batter Up! 7 Credit Unions That Sponsor Ballparks
It’s coming close to that time of year again to enjoy the fresh spring air and excitement of the sights, the sounds and the scents of opening day at a sun-drenched stadium as another baseball season arrives.
Six credit unions that hold the naming rights to minor league parks and one that has the naming rights to a college stadium are preparing for their opening day.
The 6,002-seat Bethpage Ballpark is located in Central Islip in Suffolk County (western Long Island), an affluent suburb of New York City.
CommunityAmerica Ballpark: The Kansas City T-Bones
Before forming its partnership with the Kansas City T-Bones 10 years ago, the $1.8 billion CommunityAmerica Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo. had little brand awareness across the Missouri River in the Kansas City, Kan., market.
When executives at the $311 million GCS Credit Union in Granite City, Ill., were presented with the opportunity for a stadium naming rights deal, they knew it was the right thing to do – to support the area’s minor league baseball team, Gateway Grizzlies, a popular local source of family entertainment.
In southeast Washington, the word Gesa has probably become something of a household name.
The minor league Brooklyn Cyclones have played in MCU Park in New York City's Coney Island since 2001, not far from legendary Yankees Stadium and CitiField, home of the New York Mets.
Perched 6,531 feet above sea level, Security Service Field in Colorado Springs is at a higher elevation than any other professional baseball park in North America, according to Baseball Prospectus, a website that features sabermetric analysis of baseball.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field: The Texas Longhorns
In the big state of Texas, the University of Texas Longhorns’ baseball team is big. The Longhorns are the winningest NCAA Division I college baseball program and boast six national championships – most recently in 2005.