RiverHawks to host 2009 All-Star Game
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July 30, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The highest-profile event on the Frontier League’s annual calendar is coming to Road Ranger Stadium.

The Rockford RiverHawks announced Wednesday that they will host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game next July 15. It will be the first time the RiverHawks, who have been in the Stateline since 2002, have hosted the game.

“This is an exciting event for our organization to receive as well for our fans, sponsors and the greater Rockford community,” general manager Josh Olerud said. “We have already put a lot of effort and thought into the 2009 Frontier League All Star game to make it the most enjoyable yet. We will be showcasing not only Road Ranger Stadium but the entire Rockford community during All Star Week.”

The league’s all-star game is perennially the top opportunity for players to be seen and signed by major-league organizations. On four occasions over the past seven years, a major-league team has signed a Rockford all-star at the break.

“The Frontier League is honored to come to Rockford for the All Star game in 2009,” Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee said. “It is the league’s featured event, and we hope the fans of the RiverHawks will enjoy the game and all the events as much as we will enjoy bringing it to them.”

In addition, the all-star game marks one of the highest-attended games in the league each season and produces economic benefits for the host community. The Traverse City Beach Bums reported a total attendance of 9,199 for a two-day celebration that included the All-Star Game, held on July 16, and a skills competition and home run derby, held the night before.

All-Star players, managers and coaches, as well as front-office members of other league teams, will come to the Rockford area for two days. While here, they will enjoy golfing and sightseeing at the region’s many tourist destinations, as well as dine at the league’s annual all-star banquet.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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