The Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Class AA; Texas League) season opener is Thursday, but the fireworks began today, when the team announced a renewal of ballpark naming rights with Arvest Bank through 2027.
It’s been Arvest Ballpark since the team moved from Wichita in 2008. The agreement extends the naming rights for a second 10-year period. The first naming rights agreement was established in 2007, the construction date for the stadium and the year the Northwest Arkansas Naturals were established.
“Arvest Ballpark is a magnificent home for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and our partnership with Arvest Bank has been beneficial for our organization and for the community as a whole,” said Justin Cole, General Manager for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. “Given Arvest’s longstanding dedication to the community, we believed it was a perfect partner in 2007. We believe that even more now.
“Between the area’s outstanding support of our team and the numerous special events and fundraising activities hosted at the stadium, almost 2.5 million people have enjoyed the hospitality of Arvest Ballpark since it opened to the public for our first season in 2008.”
“Arvest Bank has always been community-focused and we couldn’t be happier with our role in supporting the Northwest Arkansas Naturals because of the important role they now play in the communities of Northwest Arkansas,” said Lisa Ray, President for Arvest Bank in Springdale. “We have been proud to have our name on this beautiful stadium since it opened and we are thrilled to know that this partnership will continue far into the future. Arvest Ballpark has become a community gathering place for our friends and family to enjoy baseball, concerts, activities and events – exactly what we envisioned in 2007.”
“The support of the Northwest Arkansas community and the partnership with Arvest Bank has been crucial to the overall success of the ballpark,” Bob Rich, chairman of Rich Products Corporation and Rich Baseball Operations. “We’re proud of what the ballpark has been able to provide the community and are thrilled to be extending our tremendous partnership with Arvest Bank into the future.”