Flames to begin play in 2017 season at Onondaga County Community College Stadium
Syracuse, NY August 24, 2016: Onondaga Flames Inc today announced that it will join the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) as the league’s fourteenth franchise starting with the 2017 season. The new franchise approved the name of Onondaga Flames in tribute to its neighbors, the Onondaga Nation. The Flames will play a 50 game schedule in June and July with 25 home games played at Onondaga Community College Stadium.
“Our stadium is located adjacent to the Onondaga Nation, an original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world. As the Fire Keepers, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council. They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of chiefs. They are keepers of the Central Fire, hence our name, Flames.” explained Wayne Walker, president.
The Flames will offer affordable, safe, family-friendly baseball entertainment. A fan of the Flames will be able to drive a short distance with little traffic on the roads near the ballpark, find a free parking lot adjacent to the field and watch a high quality baseball game that will normally be completed in two hours and thirty minutes. Additionally, when they enter the gates to the ballpark they will be welcomed into a friendly atmosphere where kids and adults can enjoy themselves beyond just watching the baseball. The games will feature on-the-field entertainment between innings, bat boys and bat girls, speed pitch competition, picnic tables to sit at and relax, affordable concessions and Flames logo merchandise.
CNY Baseball Inc., a 501 (C)(3) charitable corporation, will provide several scholarships for players who could not otherwise afford to play summer league baseball.
The PGCBL, in only its six season, has grown rapidly from its original eight teams (spun off from the New York CBL) and is swiftly rising in the ranks of collegiate baseball summer leagues. The league, which is sponsored by Perfect Game USA (the nation’s largest scouting organization), has been ranked as high as ninth among all collegiate summer leagues by baseball media. Over 200,000 fans attended this season’s games. A record thirty-seven PGCBL (37) players were drafted in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft with ten (10) going in the first round, including the third overall pick.
Collegiate Summer League Baseball Fast Facts
- Forty+ Leagues
- Several hundred Teams
- Thousands of players
- Large number of players drafted by MLB
- Players from every major collegiate conference
- Only place to gain wooden bat experience – heavily scouted
- 7 million fans attended games in 2015
- $160 million annual revenues