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Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was joined this evening by Staten Island Borough President Guy V. Molinari, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Finance Robert M. Harding, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Michael G. Carey, and Staten Island Yankees Owners Stanley and Josh Getzler to celebrate the start of the Staten Island Yankees second season at the College of Staten Island.
The Staten Island Yankees are battling the Vermont Expos as they kick off a four game home stand to begin the 2000 season.
"In their first year the Staten Island Yankees captured the heart of their borough, and I'm sure that these fine young men will now capture the hearts of the rest of the City," said Mayor Giuliani. "The Staten Island Yankees were winners on and off the field last year, coming within two games of the playoffs, while giving away tickets, merchandise, and contributions to many local charities and organizations. This team has provided a great civic and economic boost to Staten Island, and I can't wait to help raise the New York Penn League Championship Flag at the new Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George next season."
The Staten Island Yankees, a Single A minor league baseball team in the New York Penn League, will play one more season at the College of Staten Island while their permanent home in St. George is constructed. The College of Staten Island will enjoy the renovated and improved ballfield, with its permanent seats, press boxes, a public address system, dugouts, and stadium lighting, for many years to come.
"Since the first pitch was thrown last summer, the Staten Island Yankees have brought nothing but enjoyment and good family fun to this borough," said Staten Island Borough President Guy V. Molinari. "It gives me great pleasure to say that, through my working with Mayor Giuliani, we are on track to providing a spectacular permanent home for our Yankees' 2001 season, a home that will help revitalize the North Shore of Staten Island."
Scheduled to open in June 2001, the 6,500-seat Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George is just one part of a comprehensive economic redevelopment plan that will turn the long-neglected North Shore into a state-of-the-art gateway to Staten Island. This redevelopment plan includes the $81 million renovation of the St. George Ferry Terminal. This is the largest single revitalization project ever undertaken on Staten Island, and will bring enhanced transportation services, shopping, entertainment and waterfront dining opportunities to Staten Island residents and the 60,000 daily commuters and one million annual tourists who ride the Staten Island Ferry.
The Staten Island Yankees will play 38 home games this season, including 16 weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) games.
Yankees fans interested in attending future games can call 718-698-YANKS for tickets.