Hudson Valley Community College Names New Baseball Stadium
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono
celebrated the first day of spring by announcing the name of the college's new
4,500-seat baseball stadium today: the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
Hudson Valley's Board of Trustees approved the stadium's
name this morning. Buono was joined at a 10:30 a.m. naming ceremony by Senate
Majority Leader Joseph L Bruno and Tri-City ValleyCats owner Bill Gladstone, as
well as a host of other local dignitaries.
"I'm sure the name is a surprise to no one," Buono
said. "It's the right thing, and the logical thing, to do. Hudson Valley
Community College has no bigger benefactor and supporter than Joe Bruno. Over
the past 25 years, as our representative in the New York State Senate, Senator
Bruno has supported this college's academic programs and physical
infrastructure, helping us become, I believe, the best community college in the
nation. We're thrilled to become a part of Joe Bruno's vision for Rensselaer
County, and the Capital Region."
"It is certainly an honor to have my name connected
with this beautiful, state-of-the-art stadium," said Senate Majority Leader
Bruno. "This is yet another step in the progressive economic development of
Rensselaer County and the Capital Region, and this stadium will enhance the
area's reputation as a great place for both college and professional sports."
"The Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is a fitting name,"
said Bill O'Connor, chairman of the college's Board of Trustees. "Senator Bruno
thoroughly understands the important role Hudson Valley Community College plays
in the community. He knows that the residents of New York State benefit greatly
from the educational and career opportunities provided by Hudson Valley, and he
knows that by bringing this beautiful stadium to Hudson Valley, he has helped
create even more opportunities for the college's diverse students."
In May 2001, Senator Bruno secured funds in the
state budget to construct the $14 million stadium. The Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
will serve as home of the New York-Penn League's Tri-City ValleyCats, a Houston
Astros-affiliated Class A baseball team, and Hudson Valley's nationally ranked
baseball squad. Additionally, the stadium will offer new academic opportunities
to Hudson Valley's students and will serve as a community resource.
It is estimated that the ValleyCats will generate
$2-3 million per year in economic impact to the Capital Region.
"The opening of this new facility complements the
superlative academic and community resources available on Hudson Valley
Community College's campus," said Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.
"This marriage linking one of our fine educational facilities to economic
development will nourish the positive climate for growth that is available in
Rensselaer County. This new facility is the type of project that promotes our
vision of utilizing, and expanding, our existing assets and resources. We
appreciate that Senator Bruno has helped us promote that vision once again."
The Capital Region already has experienced an
economic boost from the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. Beginning in May 2001, with an
average daily workforce of 60 tradesmen and -women, Capital Region contractors
have performed 85 percent of the stadium's construction, and more than $5
million in construction materials have been produced in the Capital Region.
DLR Group of Tampa, Fla. and Troy-based U.W. Marx
Construction Co. are serving as the design-build team for the baseball stadium,
which will have open-air seats and an open-air concourse to support concession
stands, team administration areas, 10 suites for corporate use, and classrooms.
The stadium will have three levels of seating – premium, reserved and
The design-build group is interfacing with several
local firms. Architecture + of Troy is serving as a local architectural liaison
for DLR Group. Clough Harbour & Associates LLP of Colonie are providing site
design and engineering services, and Quantum Engineering Company, P.C., of
Selkirk are serving as a local engineering liaison.
In 13 seasons in the New York-Penn League, the
ValleyCats, formerly known as the Pittsfield Astros, have produced 38 Major
League players. Gladstone, who serves on the board of directors of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame, expects the team to draw well over 100,000 fans each
season in Troy.
"I am honored to be here today, to be part of the
dedication of this fabulous stadium to Senator Bruno, a man who had a vision of
what could be, and a passion for making a difference," Gladstone said. "Many of
you may know that Jacobs Field is the major-league stadium in Cleveland. Fans
there don't say they're going to the ballpark; they say they are going to the
Jake. So it is with great enthusiasm and real joy that we say today the new
clarion call for the Capital Region – ‘Let's go to The Joe!'"
The college will operate the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
when the team is not using it during its season, which spans from mid-June to
the first week of September and includes 38 regular-season home games. The
ValleyCats will play their first home game on June 21. Beginning in April,
Hudson Valley's baseball team is slated to hold its home games at the facility.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers
more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions:
Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health
Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational
Opportunities Center offering certification in workforce and academic
preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York
system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year,
and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.
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