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03/20/2002
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
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Rendering of the Baseball StadiuimHudson 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 grandstand.

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.

For a high-resolution rendering of the stadium, please e-mail editor@hvcc.edu.