Newburgh’s Delano-Hitch Stadium will play host to a new East Coast Baseball League franchise in 2015, the ECBL announced Thursday.
Welland, Ontario, Canada will also receive a franchise and the league plans to name other sites in the coming months.
A contest to name the team is underway. Fans are encouraged to send their nickname, team colors and logo ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season tickets will go on sale on Sept. 1.
“We are excited to announce the first two franchises of the East Coast Baseball League,” said Commissioner Shawn Whiteley. “We have worked hard over the last few months with both the City of Newburgh and Welland, Ontario to form an agreement to bring independent professional baseball back to both cities.”
Delano-Hitch Stadium last played host to professional baseball in 1998, the one and only season of the Newburgh Black Diamonds of the Atlantic League. The Newburgh Nighthawks played at the stadium in 1995 and 1996 as members of the Northeast League.
A pair of professional baseball franchises already operate not far from Newburgh. The Hudson Valley Renegades, a short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, play across the Hudson River in Fishkill. The Rockland Boulders, an independent member of the Can-Am League, play at the recently-constructed Provident Bank Park in Pomona, Rockland County.