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Promotions Watch: Halloween at the Ballpark

With Halloween just weeks away, teams around baseball are looking to get fans back to the ballpark. From haunted houses and fall fests, to charity races and craft beer festivals, the Halloween at the ballpark promotional slate is full of intriguing options, several of which will be featured in our latest Promotions Watch. (more…)

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Another NIMBY tale, this one in Ramapo

Neighbors of Provident Bank Park, home of the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League), want to see the team cut back on fireworks and music because their dogs are upset by the noise. We’re only being partly facetious. Admittedly, ballpark can have a negative impact on a neighborhood if things aren’t run properly. But in Ramapo […]

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New for 2012: Bergen Boulders

Nice promo: the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League) will be changing their team name to the Bergen Boulders — but just for a day. With Bergen County residents accounting for a good chunk of the team’s fan base — some 9 percent — and a ready sponsor in a local car dealership, the Boulders will […]

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Ramapo ballpark $300K shy of projected revenues

Provident Bank Park, the home of the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League), fell short of financial projections by more than $300,000, generating $734,100 in revenue in 2011 instead of an expected $1.1 million. The gap is important: taxpayers are on the hook for any gaps between actual revenues and projected revenues. The ballpark generated $421,600 […]

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State: Provident Bank Park could end up costing taxpayers $60 million

The New York Comptroller’s Office says Ramapo (N.Y.) taxpayers could be on the hook for $60 million to pay off Provident Bank Park, not the projected $39 million. The ballpark is the home of the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League). Financing for the ballpark has been embroiled in controversy since day one. Voters initially rejected […]

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Ramapo ballpark lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit challenging the funding method for Provident Bank Park, the home of the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League), was dismissed after a judge ruled against the claims made by Preserve Ramapo. Supreme Court Justice Linda Jamieson ruled that the city and its economic-development corporation had not broken laws regarding funding for the facility, according […]

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State Comptroller: Ramapo skirted laws in financing new ballpark

Ramapo (N.Y.) misused local development funds in financing Provident Bank Park, home of the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League), and will have difficulties in covering debt service on the facility, according to a draft audit from the state comptroller’s office. The draft, which will be final after Ramapo officials have a chance to respond. says […]

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Boulders open new ballpark with sellout

Nice start for the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League): despite controversy and lawsuits surrounding the team’s new home, Provident Bank Park opened last night with a sellout crowd, a Boulders win and lots of happy fans. It sounds like a typical opening for the ballpark: almost everything was completed in time for the season opener, […]

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New for 2011: Provident Bank Park

As we noted this weekend, Provident Bank has committed to a 10-year naming-rights deal for a new Ramapo, N.Y. ballpark housing the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League): the new ballpark will be called Provident Bank Park. The bank will pay $2.75 million over 10 years, a figure lower than Ramapo officials had expected during initial […]

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