AVON — By the start of the 2017 season, All Pro Freight Stadium will be no more.
Well, the name, anyway, not the actual stadium.
The Lake Erie Crushers announced Monday they are accepting bids for the naming rights for All Pro Freight Stadium. It’s the result of a clause in the agreement between All Pro Freight Systems and the Crushers organization, which was triggered when the team was sold to Tom and Jacqueline Kramig earlier this year and allowed both parties to opt out of their agreement.
All Pro Freight will continue to act as a partner with the team. However, its name will no longer adorn the ballpark that sits along I-90 on the far west side of Avon.
“Chris Haas and All Pro Freight have been outstanding partners during the first eight years of the Lake Erie Crushers,” Tom Kramig said in a statement issued by the team Monday. “We thank and applaud them for taking the lead when the franchise was started back in 2009, and supporting the organization in good seasons and bad. We look forward to continuing our partnership and bringing another Frontier League championship back to Avon.”
The ballpark has been known as All Pro Freight Stadium since it opened in May of 2009. The stadium also hosts the Mid-American Conference baseball postseason tournament and the Avon High School varsity baseball team as well as other events. It hosted an Alan Jackson concert in 2010 and has hosted professional wrestling cards in 2014 and ’15.
“We still support the Lake Erie Crushers and will continue to partner with the team going forward,” said All Pro Freight CEO Chris Haas in a statement released by the Crushers. “The new owners, Tom and Jacqueline Kramig, have brought great energy to the organization and have the Crushers headed in the right direction.”
The Crushers confirmed they have already been approached by several organizations, and have several more on a short list of naming rights candidates. They will spend the next few months meeting with interested parties and discussing terms for a new, long-term agreement.
The plan is to have a new naming rights partner in place, including new stadium branding, prior to the start of the 2017 baseball season in May.