ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Red Wings’ stadium will be getting a new name pending legislative approval, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced Monday.
Bello held a press conference discussing the change Tuesday morning, alongside Rochester Community Baseball President and CEO Naomi Silver, and Innovative Solutions CEO Justin Copie.
Pending approval from the county legislature, the beloved baseball stadium located at One Morrie Silver Way will be known as “Innovative Field,” after Innovative Solutions, a tech company headquartered in Henrietta. Along with the name change comes $13.5 million in funding from the company. That money — along with an additional $12.5 million from New York State — will be used for improvements to stadium seating, new equipment, and other upgrades.
“This is a great day for Rochester and the future of the Red Wings,” Bello said. “Monroe County is proud to have Innovative Solutions remain here. This is so appropriately named, as our county’s economy is built on innovation.”
At the unveiling, organizers displayed renderings of the new stadium entrance, which would include an “Innovative Fields” sign.
The facility has been called Frontier Field since it broke ground on its construction in 1994. It was initially sponsored by Frontier Communications, a telecommunications company.
Silver says it’s an opportunity for new memories to be made, while preserving those from the past.
“We’ll never take away from the memories people have of years and years of baseball, and the tradition of going to games with grandparents, parents, and friends. Those will always be in tact,” said Silver, “So, we’re trying to keep up with the times and preserve the integrity of the stadium while really looking to the future and what it will mean for us looking forward for the next generation.”
Silver says a three-year plan is underway to bring needed updates to the stadium, including renovated clubhouses and various fan amenities.
“Many of us grew up calling this beautiful stadium Frontier Field,” Copie said. “Today we are excited to announce that Innovative Solutions have agreed to sponsor the name going forward […] upon approval from Monroe County legislature.”
Monday, Monroe County representatives released paperwork explaining the amendment to the naming rights change. The name will be formally voted on at the next county legislature meeting, on November 15.
Tuesday Press Conference
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