Oct. 9, 2009
Contact: Greg Murphy
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Beginning with the 2010 season, the Cleveland State baseball team will have a new home as the Vikings will play their home games at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
The announcement is a two-year deal with a mutual option to extend the agreement and was made on Friday (Oct. 9).
CSU had played its home contests at The Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain, Ohio, for the last three seasons.
"We would like to thank the City of Lorain and the people at The Pipe Yard for three great years of service to our program," associate director of athletics Tom Tontimonia said. "The move to Avon was inspired because it cuts 40 minutes per day off travel time and with travel cut back, will allow our student-athletes to have more time to spend on studies. All Pro Freight Stadium is a first class facility and we look forward to working with the great people of Avon."
"We as a program are thrilled to have to have the opportunity to play our home games in a first class, state-of-the-art facility," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "The move to All Pro Freight Stadium will take us another step closer to further updating the image of Cleveland State University.
"Having the opportunity to play at All Pro Freight Stadium and use the superior facilities that it offers will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts as we move forward."
"The Crushers organization is excited to announce the addition of Cleveland State baseball at All Pro Freight Stadium," Steven Edelson, Chairman and owner of the Crushers, said. "We're happy to expound on the efforts of the City of Lorain in providing a home for CSU baseball. "We've very fortunate in that we're able to reduce the student athletes' time on the road, provide their program an enhanced opportunity to recruit and offer a playing surface that will better deal with rainy weather. Fans in the region win as well as we continue to offer quality Division I collegiate baseball in the region."
"One reason we added artificial turf to the new stadium was the opportunity it provides to attract other tenants and events, Avon Mayor Jim Smith said. "We're glad that All Pro Freight stadium will be an asset to further the Cleveland State baseball program. We look forward to a great working relationship with the City of Avon, the Lake Erie Crushers and the Cleveland State Vikings."
All Pro Freight Stadium is the home of the Lake Erie Crushers, a Frontier League expansion team that recently completed its first season by winning the Frontier League Championship. The state-of-the-art facility is located at the intersection of Interstate-90 and Route 611 in Avon.
The stadium, built and owned by the City of Avon, has a capacity of 5,000, including 3,000 box seats, 11 private suites, four-person terrace tables, berm seating and picnic and patio areas for group outings.
The playing surface is artifical turf, which will afford CSU the opportunity to play more home games despite facing inclement weather in March and April.
The stadium also includes concession stands, a gift shop and a state-of-the-art sound system.
The Vikings, who will also practice and conduct camps at their new home, are slated to play their first regular season game at the stadium on March 24, 2010, against Eastern Michigan at 3:00 p.m. A total of 22 home contests are scheduled for the 2010 campaign.