Rockford College baseball to call RiverHawks Stadium home
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January 8, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – RiverHawks Stadium is the new home for Rockford College baseball.

The Rockford RiverHawks and Rockford College announced today that the professional team will host the Regents’ entire 2007 home schedule in the year-old stadium.

“RiverHawks Stadium may be the home to the Rockford RiverHawks, but we will be hosting many other events outside of the RiverHawks,” general manager Josh Olerud said. “We are honored to be selected as the site for both the A and AA IHSA supersectional contests and as Rockford College’s home site. Rockford College and RiverHawks Stadium are a natural fit for their baseball program.”

The RiverHawks have provided use of the stadium to Rockford College for nearly zero cost. Rockford College has been provided with a number of tickets to the RiverHawks’ 2007 schedule. Proceeds from the sale of those tickets will be split by the parties.

“This partnership will greatly improve the recruiting opportunities for our program by allowing coaches to explain to recruits that they will be playing in a nice, new minor-league stadium,” Rockford College athletic director Hank Espensen said. “Hopefully it will also enhance our relationships with the Rockford community by being more visible to the area by being able to play in a venue that it is integrated in the Rockford area.”

Other cooperative marketing efforts will include a Rockford College Night at a RiverHawks game this summer.

“This allows Rockford College to call home the premier minor-league facility in Illinois and the opportunity for us to showcase that we are supporters of the Rockford Community and for the region to see Rockford utilize our city’s gem,” Olerud said.

The Regents are scheduled to play 17 games at RiverHawks Stadium, beginning with a noon doubleheader against Beloit College on Saturday, March 17. Rockford College is a Division III member of the NCAA and plays in the Northern Athletic Conference.

“We’ll have the best field in the conference and that will indirectly help with recruiting,” Regents head coach Bob Koopmann said. “It already has (for the class of 2007). Getting a chance to play on a field like that for four years… it will be a major draw when recuiting kids. It’s a big deal to kids.”

Koopmann, in his first year at Rockford College, managed the RiverHawks from 2002-04 and is currently the team’s bench coach.

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. Advertising, season-ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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