In May 2001, Senator Joseph Bruno secured funds to construct a 4,500-seat
baseball stadium at Hudson Valley Community College. The $14-million Joseph
L. Bruno Stadium hosts the Tri-City ValleyCats, a Houston Astros-affiliated
Class A baseball team from the New York-Penn League.
Hudson Valleys nationally ranked baseball team, which posted a
26-19 record in 2006, also plays its home games at The Joe.
In fact, on April 6, 2002, in the first-ever game at the stadium, Hudson
Valley pitcher Michael Harbor recorded the inaugural strikeout at The
Joe, retiring a Holyoke Community College batter in the top of the
With an average daily workforce of 60 tradesmen and -women, Capital Region
contractors performed 85 percent of the stadiums construction, and
more than $5 million in construction materials were produced in the Capital
The finest baseball facility in the area, the stadium also will offer
new academic opportunities to Hudson Valleys students for
example, a Physical Education bachelors degree program offered through
Hudson Valley and Sage Colleges utilizes this facility and it serves
as a community resource.