It looks like summer-collegiate ball is the right fit for historic Wahconah Park, as the Pittsfield Suns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League) extended their lease through 2017, with options through 2019.
“I’m ecstatic,” said principal owner Jeff Goldklang via press release. “Wahconah Park is an historic place to watch a ballgame, and the combination of our Group’s brand of entertainment and the character of the building is unbeatable. Mayor Bianchi and the City of Pittsfield have proven to be wonderful partners, and we look forward to a long run servicing the greater Berkshire community.”
Wahconah Park has been the home of Suns baseball since the inaugural 2012 season. The new licensing agreement will make the Suns the longest tenured team in Pittsfield since the Pittsfield Mets and Pittsfield Astros, who relocated in 2001.
“We’ve had a great experience with the Suns, and are so pleased to be able to announce that we have just signed a contract with the Suns that will keep them here for many, many more years to come,” said Mayor Dan Bianchi.
Last season, the Suns became the highest drawing Pittsfield team in the millienium, with an average of 1,803 fans each night. They also set a league attendance record.
“Our fans and partners are the lifeblood of our operation,” said Suns General Manager Kevin McGuire. “They immediately understood our approach….that we’re not just going to open the gates and hold a ballgame. Suns games are events, and 28 times a year we get to put on a show.”