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Oakland County Cruisers shift plans, will play most of season on the road

The Frontier League squad will play all but 21 games on the road this season, as the ownership works to secure financing for a new $9 million ballpark.

The Oakland County Cruisers (independent; Frontier League) will play all but 21 games on the road this summer, as team ownership works to procure Small Business Administration and other federal backing for a new ballpark.

Ownership had hoped that the ceiling on SBA loads would be raised to $5 million and that USDA regulations would allow backing of a loan to build a ballpark. Neither has happened; in addition, another financing deal for a multiuse development on the ballpark site in Oakland County fell through.

So rather than play the entire season at Eastern Michigan University's Oestrike Stadium, the decision was made to play nine games at Oestrike, three games at Ford Field in Livonia, and three games at at Oakland University in Rochester Hills. In addition, the team is looking to add three more games at another Oakland County-area ballpark. Other Frontier League teams picked up the additional road series.

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