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Washington, PA Will Be Home To Another Indy League

EMPIRE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES DATES AND LOCATION FOR 2020 CAMP & SEASON

WASHINGTON, PA – The Empire Baseball Organization has announced the official date and location for the 2020 Camp and season series. Both the Camp and Series will be held at  the Washington Wild Things  Stadium home of the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.

Due to the recurring Covid-19 restrictions and cases, The Empire League has chosen to opt out of hosting the event in its back up location of Ft Myers, Florida and will run operation in Washington Pennsylvania.

The Wild Things venue owners and management welcome the Empire program with open arms and want to help facilitate operations for the 2020 campaign.  The Stadium is currently hosting the Heritage League, which is one of the best Summer season programs in the country for players   looking to  improve their careers.   The Empire Series will not only welcome several  Empire League teams, but also welcome teams from the Heritage League to participate in the Empire Series.   The Blacksox Pro Baseball Club and its Director Joe Torre  played a key role in the great execution of the Heritage League along with the Washington Wild Things.  The Empire League is set to be an exciting one to help players get the needed playtime to be ready for Winter Leagues and showcase for Pro Contracts in 2021.

To participate in this incredible Professional Baseball Showcase that will be heavily scouted by Atlantic League, Frontier League and American Association Teams along with International Pro Winter Leagues visit Click Here.

The stadium is located at   1 Washington Federal Way, Washington, PA 15301.   Wild Things Park is a 3,200-seat multi-purpose baseball stadium in North Franklin Township, a suburb of Washington, Pennsylvania.

Wild Things Park is located near Interstate 70 and is notable for including a hot tub in the viewing stands. ProGrass Synthetic Turf was installed in the fall of 2010.

The stadium was known as Falconi Field until April 12, 2007, when Consol Energy and Washington County Family Entertainment entered a naming rights partnership to rename the complex CONSOL Energy Park.  Consol Energy has let the naming rights deal expire as of January 2017.

The venue will finish hosting the current league taking place which concludes at end of August and will look to do the same for Empire in September.

The Empire Summer camp will be held on August 28-31, 2020 with check in for players on August 28th. The Modified Season will begin immediately after camp on September 1st. Players that want to play in the empire league must attend camp in order to be eligible to be selected into the league. Due to covid-19 housing restrictions and guidelines, all players must provide their own housing for camp and for the season.   Click Here to register.

Article by Empire Media

Atlantic League Adds Gastonia, NC For 2021 Season

Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Expands to City of Gastonia, NC

Team Owner Brandon Bellamy Eager To Bring ALPB Excitement to Gastonia Community

(July 28, 2020, Gastonia, NC) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced today it is expanding to the City of Gastonia with a team ownership group led by Brandon Bellamy, CEO of Velocity Companies, Inc. Gastonia becomes the second Atlantic League location in North Carolina, joining High Point, where the Rockers began play in 2019.

“We are delighted to bring Atlantic League baseball to Gastonia, a city that has shown tremendous ingenuity and resolve, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ALPB President Rick White. “Under Mr. Bellamy’s ownership, this club and the ALPB will provide the community with best-in-class baseball and exceptional entertainment for years to come.”

In partnership with the City of Gastonia, Bellamy and The Velocity Companies will collaborate on economic development projects tied to the ballpark, which are expected to include residential, retail, hotel, and office space properties, a potential $100M investment opportunity for the City.

“When we learned of this incredible project, we realized it was an opportunity not just to own a team but also to connect with a community that deserves to be showcased,” said Bellamy. “The City of Gastonia has a strong entrepreneurial history, and we are excited to be a part of its continued growth. We look forward to becoming a good neighbor and making a lasting impact in Gastonia.”

The city’s 5,000-seat multi-use ballpark, which will be managed by the team, is under construction according to Atlantic League facility specifications and will host family-friendly programming, provide an intimate fan experience with sports and innovative gatherings, and offer a unique field configuration. The venue will serve as a community recreational asset open to all for its inaugural season in 2021, offering year-round access, anchored by ALPB play, plus entertainment events, community-based sports, and recreational activities. It will function as the centerpiece of the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment (FUSE) development, a transformative redevelopment project for the City of Gastonia.

“We are excited to have Mr. Bellamy join us in our continued efforts to create a great place that our community can be proud of,” said Gastonia’s Mayor Walker Reid, III. “This is a milestone for our city and an example of how economic development partnerships invigorate a community and prove to be mutually beneficial for all parties.”

City Manager Michael Peoples added, “This project required all of us to think outside of the box and work together for the City’s future. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Mr. Bellamy and the Atlantic League as we reimagine what Gastonia is capable of achieving.”

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About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit AtlanticLeague.com.

About the Ball Club
The Gastonia baseball team will operate under the formal entity NC Gas House Gang, LLC and is majority owned by Velocity Companies, LLC CEO Brandon Bellamy (www.thevelocitycompanies.com). Among other investors, Mr. Bellamy is joined by ARCTRUST Properties, Inc. CEO Robert Ambrosi (www.arctrust.com).

About Brandon Bellamy
Brandon Bellamyis a passionate and purpose-driven real estate entrepreneur and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Velocity Companies. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bellamy has excelled in real estate investment, real estate development, and private fund management. Mr. Bellamy couples a unique knowledge of market-rate and affordable housing development and a superior understanding of financial engineering to impact existing and developing communities. During his tenure at The Velocity Companies, the firm has developed and consulted on projects located in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas with an aggregate asset value exceeding $500 million. For more information, please visit www.thevelocitycompanies.com.

About the City of Gastonia
Gastonia, NC, just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size, and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 15 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government, and vibrant business environment.