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College Baseball Game Coming To Ansonia

by STAFF | Feb 23, 2018 7:12 am

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Brian Foley photo Ansonia’s Nolan Field will host a Division I college baseball game this spring, according to a press release from the city.

The game between Sacred Heart University will face off against the State University of New York at Albany May 15, with a rain date May 16.

Game time is to be determined. A “nominal” admission fee will be charged.

In a press release, the city said the game will be treated as a “pilot” with the potential for Sacred Heart to have an annual home game in Ansonia.

Sixth Ward Alderman Joshua Shuart, a professor of sports management at Sacred Heart, helped facilitate the idea, which was developed by Greg Martin, the city’s constituent services director.

“This is the next best thing to bringing a professional ball game to an intimate, hometown backyard setting,” Martin said. “It’s a unique sporting event opportunity that offers interesting growth potential.”

“This is a great sporting event for families, kids and senior citizens from throughout the valley and beyond to attend and enjoy high caliber Division I college baseball talent,” Mayor David Cassetti said.

Nolan Field hosted a Philadelphia Phillies tryout camp in 1948, according to the press release, “and even a Major League exhibition game in 1922 featuring the National League St. Louis Cardinals against an Ansonia amateur team that attracted 4,000.”

More recently, it hosted a vintage baseball game in 2014 as part of a “Summerfest” celebration.

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