AKRON RACERS CHARITIES ANNOUNCE ARC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
FOR THE FIRESTONE STADIUM COMPLEX
Akron, OH—Joey Arrietta, Akron Racers Charities, Founder and President announced today, the $1.5 million ARC Development Project for the Firestone Stadium Complex. “This plan has been in my back pocket for 10 years,” noted Arrietta. “Our weather continues to limit the opportunities for our young girls to learn this game and that just has to change.”
The fund raising effort has already begun to underwrite the entire project. “This was my plan for our charities from day one. The project was designed to engage individuals and businesses in a project that focused on areas that needed improvement at the Firestone Stadium Complex. The goal has always been to advance opportunities for young girls and women through our game.”
Arrietta received encouragement from former Mayor Don Plusquellic to develop the overall plan. “Getting the support from Mayor Plusquellic and his staff was critical to making this happen,” explains Arrietta. “The new concession stand, media room, clubhouse are keys to retaining and servicing the OHSAA Girl’s State Championships and the MAC as well as opening doors to other major events that we will be able to bring to Akron.”
The year-round training center will focus under a “Train to Play” banner. Area teams will be able rent the facilities which includes four batting cages, two pitching tunnels and a full-size regulation diamond for defensive practices. Numerous camps and clinics will be conducted by the Akron Racers players throughout the year. A short-game league will also be conducted to allow teams to develop solid defensive play and to focus on learning the strategies that define the fastpitch game.
The project will be set in motion in September to allow ample time for the field work to be completed. Tentative plans are to open the training center in early January. Rates and team packages will be made available by September 1st.
ARC will launch a number of fund raising activities. The Champions Courtyard brick pavers will go on sale July 1st. Area teams, players and fans are encouraged to become a part of the Champions Courtyard. Pavers are $100.
On July 10th, the First Annual Diamond Casino Night will be conducted to support the ARC Development Project. The event will feature the Akron Racers as “Dealers for a Night” as the team helps kick-off the ARC fund raising campaign. The event will be held from 7pm-10pm at the Summit County Veterans Services Building, 1060 E. Waterloo Rd. Akron, OH 44306. Tickets are $75 and go on sale at the Stadium Box office tomorrow beginning at 10am.
For further information call 330.376.8188.
ARC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
1575 FIRESTONE PARKWAY
AKRON, OH 44301
1) Grading of the main diamond; installation of a warning track; 6’ permanent fence set at 220’ in centerfield.
2) Addition of a third field (200’ temporary fence) for fastpitch
3) Addition of a 200’ temporary fence at the Pony Field for fastpitch
4) Addition of a 300’ temporary fence at the Pony Field for slowpitch
1) 30’ X 67’ food & beverage stand; two-window, four register service area
2) Hooded frying units to add french fries, onion rings, funnel cakes, chicken tenders to the everyday menu
3) Full-service prep line, grilling and frying back line
4) Walk-in coolers & dry storage areas
5) Service window to adjoining Clubhouse
1) Brick paver courtyard & picnic area in front of Baseline BBQ
2) $100/ brick for teams & individual supporters
1) Team & equipment Store
2) Entertainment & party area
3) Media room
4) Second floor offices & conference room
5) Vending area
1) 80’ X 16’ “Train to Play” Center – all turf
2) Four batting cages
3) Two pitching lanes
4) 60’ x 60’ regulation infield