RiverHawks to host NAC tournament
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April 23, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Championship baseball is coming to RiverHawks Stadium this spring.

RiverHawks Stadium will serve as the host site for the next month’s inaugural Northern Athletics Conference Baseball Tournament, the RiverHawks and the NAC announced today.

The NAC Baseball Tournament will run May 11-12 and will be co-hosted by the Rockford RiverHawks and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The NAC, an NCAA Division III member conference, consists of 12 colleges and universities from Illinois and Wisconsin.

“The Rockford Region is looking forward to hosting this important tournament,” said David Preece, president and CEO of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We worked hard with the RiverHawks and Rockford College to bring the event here, and the RACVB invested some development funds to help make it happen. While the event will create immediate economic impact for the community, we see supporting the baseball tournament as the first step in a long term relationship with the NAC and other sports activities they can hold in Rockford.”

The NAC Tournament is one of roughly three dozen non-RiverHawks events that have already been scheduled to be held at the stadium in 2007.

“Our new stadium continues to grow in reputation as a first-class venue, as recently acknowledged by Baseball America,” said RiverHawks president Dennis Arouca. “We are excited to add the NAC and NCAA postseason baseball to our other partners in strengthening baseball in the region – the Illinois High School Baseball Association, American Legion baseball, Major League Baseball/Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run competition and Rockford College. We invite area students, players, coaches and fans to come out to enjoy NAC baseball and help keep them in Rockford for years to come."

Rockford College, a member of the NAC, plays its entire home schedule at the stadium. It is currently fourth, with a 9-4 NAC record, in the conference.

The 2007 NAC Baseball Tournament will be a four-team, double-elimination tournament. The top four conference teams will earn spots based on conference play during the regular season. Tickets will be available at the gate. General admission is $7 for a daily pass and $5 for students, seniors, and children. Tournament passes can be purchased for $12 each (or $8 each for students, seniors, and children).

“This is an outstanding venue for the NAC and our student-athletes," said NAC Commissioner Dr. G. Steven Larson. "RiverHawks Stadium is state-of-the-art. It opened just last May. It seats over 3,000 (fixed seats) with more than ample parking. It also includes a state-of-the-art sound system and scoreboard with full video capabilities. We are very excited about hosting the first NAC Baseball Tournament at this site. The fans will also appreciate the amenities, hospitality, and central location. The people from the RiverHawks and the city of Rockford have been outstanding in helping us make this happen."

Four games will be played on Friday, May 11, and up to three games will be played on Saturday, May 12. First pitch will be at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Should the weather impact the schedule, Sunday, May 13 is reserved as a rain date for the conference tournament. Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. will serve as the host institution for the 2007 tournament. For more information, please visit www.northernathleticsconf.com

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. The RiverHawks begin their sixth season on May 23 at Windy City. The home opener is at 7:05 p.m. May 25, when the RiverHawks host Windy City. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM). Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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