City officials have approved a new name for the home of the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League), as the ballpark is now known as Joliet Route 66 Stadium.
In a concept unveiled last month, the city proposed renaming the ballpark Joliet Route 66 Stadium. A homage to the city’s place along historic Route 66, the proposal for the new name came with a unique design concept that included a Route 66 highway sign and convertible sports car on the front of the ballpark.
Silver Cross Hospital was previously the naming rights sponsor for the home of the Slammers, but the ballpark has been without a corporate partner since that agreement concluded at the end of 2016. The Joliet Route 66 Stadium name was approved at Tuesday’s Joliet City Council meeting, but officials noted that there is no firm timetable in place for changing the signage at the ballpark. More from The Herald-News:
The city does not plan to take down the old sign until it has money to put up a new one so as not to spend money twice on cranes needed for both jobs.
Interim City Manager Marty Shanahan told the council Monday that he does not have a timetable for taking down the Silver Cross Field sign.
Joliet Route 66 Stadium does not necessarily prevent a sponsored naming rights agreement from being secured down the road. According to The Herald-News, officials cited an agreement with ATI Physical Therapy for ATI Field at Memorial Stadium as an example of what could be used for the ballpark.
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