GARY, Ind. — U. S. Steel and the Gary SouthShore RailCats have reached a new 10-year naming rights agreement, keeping U. S. Steel Yard the name of the RailCats’ home stadium through the 2022 season.
U. S. Steel has held the naming rights to the ballpark since it opened in the 2003 season. The original 10-year contract expired after the 2012 season.
“We are absolutely delighted to continue our relationship with the RailCats and retain the naming rights,” said Al Spajer, Director of Employee Relations at the U. S. Steel Gary Works. “The stadium is a super place for moms and dads, boys and girls to come and watch baseball.”
The RailCats have enjoyed their home field advantage, clinching both the 2005 and 2007 Northern League Championship at U. S. Steel Yard. The ballpark has a capacity of 6,139 and has welcomed over 1.5 million fans since opening in 2003. The RailCats play 50 home games a year at U. S. Steel Yard as a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
“I am very happy as the General Manager, as the next door neighbor to the stadium and as a baseball fan to announce that we are extending the naming rights agreement,” said Matt Perkins, General Manager of U. S. Steel Gary Works. “We look forward to another great decade here.”
“We are proud to be able to call U. S. Steel Yard the home of the Gary SoutShore RailCats,” RailCats President/General Manager Kevin Spudic said. “There are many companies out there that could have supported this stadium when we were first naming the place. However, we saw U. S. Steel as a perfect fit because they provided the framework and the foundation of what Gary is all about.”
In addition to RailCats baseball games, the stadium also plays host to the annual High School Challenge, set to welcome high school teams from Indiana and Illinois for the 11th time this spring. U. S. Steel Yard has also hosted an NCAA Regional, Horizon League Tournament, concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, comedy shows and a Michael Jackson tribute.
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is an integrated steel producer and Gary Works is the corporation’s largest manufacturing plant.
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