A Home Run for North Shore!
I’m not an enthusiastic baseball fan, but I am an enthusiastic fan of our baseball stadium.
My staff and I were briefed about the future of our ballpark earlier this week during a Zoom meeting with Eric Shuffler (upper left in the photo), who leads an investment group that is bringing a new team to Richmond County Bank Ballpark in the spring. I’m very excited about the group’s plans for the multipurpose use of the stadium!
Fans are being given the chance to name the team, which will begin a 120-game season (70 home games) in late April. In the meantime, a considerable amount of stadium repairs will be needed after more than two years of neglect.
I’ve been particularly interested in ensuring that our stadium become home to a variety of events, including concerts, festivals and other sports, such as soccer. Mr. Shuffler assured me that he and the other investors want to make the facility an entertainment hub for the community. He added that the stadium will need about 100 employees and the owners will focus on local hires.
The baseball team will play in the independent Atlantic League, which currently has eight teams, including the Long Island Ducks, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the Gastonia Honey Hunters. The league was formed 24 years ago.
In addition to Mr. Shuffler, the ownership group includes John Catsimatidis, owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, and Dany Garcia, the manager and former wife of Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson.
I’m really excited about what this group is proposing.