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Hudson Valley Community College Initiates Naming Rights Effort

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Jeff Foley [Hudson Valley Community College] (518) 629-8071
Rick Murphy [Pittsfield Astros] (413) 499-6387
Gregory Smith [Smith Sports International, LTD] (410) 532-2405
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 21, 2001

College Retains Smith Sports International, LTD To
Procure Naming Rights Partner For New Ballpark

Hudson Valley Community College has retained Baltimore-based Smith Sports International, LTD to assist in its efforts to procure a naming rights partner for the baseball stadium scheduled to open at the college in June 2002.

"We selected Smith Sports International after evaluating the capabilities of its principal, Gregory Smith," Hudson Valley President John Buono said. "We've also received very positive feedback from other organizations Smith Sports International has worked with, at both the major and minor league level of professional sports. We're looking forward to taking yet another step forward with the stadium."

The 4,500-seat stadium will be home to a Houston Astros-affiliated Class A baseball team from the New York-Penn League. It also will serve as the home field for Hudson Valley's baseball team, as well as a variety of other college and community events.

Gregory Smith of Smith Sports International recently met with the college's Board of Directors to define the parameters of his search. The meetings also included discussions with DLR Group of Tampa, Fla. and Troy's Architecture Plus, the ballpark's architects, and general contractor U.W. Marx of Troy as they prepare to begin construction this spring on the stadium, which will be owned by the college.

"We're excited that we were selected to play such an integral role in the development of this unique ballpark project," Smith said. "We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership among the team, Hudson Valley Community College and a naming rights partner that will recognize the benefit of identifying themselves with a multi-faceted project – a baseball stadium that will host a professional team, the college's team and a number of other Capital Region events."

The minor league baseball franchise, whose season spans from mid-June to the first week of September and includes 38 regular-season home games, is currently preparing for its final season at Pittsfield's Wahconah Park, a stadium built in 1919.

"It will be great to bring affiliated baseball back to the Capital Region, especially given the area's storied baseball heritage," said William Gladstone, principal owner of the Class A team. "We expect to work with Smith Sports and Hudson Valley Community College to identify a naming rights partner that will enter into a relationship that will be mutually beneficial to the sponsor, the college and our team."

Mr. Gladstone's team plans to establish an office on Hudson Valley's campus in the coming weeks. According to Gladstone, the team is expected to draw more than 100,000 fans each season.

Any proceeds from the naming effort will benefit Hudson Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. 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.