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ODU And NSU Announce Creation Of Annual Baseball Game At Harbor Park

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 16, 2012
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Feb. 16, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University jointly announced Thursday the creation of an annual baseball game between the schools to be played at Harbor Park.

The teams' contest originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at NSU's Marty L. Miller Field has been moved to Harbor Park, home of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and gates will open at 5 p.m. The game will be played at Harbor Park in lieu of the April 3 exhibition game between NSU and the Tides, which has been canceled due to the recently announced exhibition between the Tides and the Baltimore Orioles.

NSU and ODU will still play their regularly scheduled game at ODU's Bud Metheny Baseball Complex at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

Beginning in 2013, the teams will play three times during the season, once each on their respective campuses and once at Harbor Park. The date for the 2013 game at Harbor Park will be announced at a later time.

In addition to augmenting schools' yearly series, the Harbor Park game will serve as a fundraiser for both programs. Both schools will sell tickets in advance and keep the revenue they generate, in addition to splitting the walk-up sales from the day of the game. Tickets are 7.00.

QUOTES NSU Athletics Director Marty L. Miller "I think that this will be an exciting athletic series between the two institutions and will create another feisty environment for college athletics in Norfolk. Hampton Roads will continue to benefit from the exposure that is being generated when these two outstanding sports programs compete against each other. The management of the Norfolk Tides, especially Dave Rosenfield, should be commended for assisting with this endeavor."

ODU Athletics Director Dr. Wood Selig "On behalf of the ODU baseball program, I would like to thank Tides GM, Joe Gregory, for allowing both ODU and Norfolk State the opportunity to compete and host a fundraising baseball event for both programs at Harbor Park. Harbor Park is an exceptional baseball facility and I know our student-athletes and fans will get a thrill out of their participation. We hope all baseball fans who wish to support and grow college baseball in our area will attend this first annual contest as our desire is to grow this event into one of the premiere spring sporting events in Norfolk. "

NSU Head Baseball Coach Claudell Clark "Playing against Old Dominion at Harbor Park presents a great chance for both of our programs to gain greater exposure locally. I expect the game to be well attended due to the large fan bases on both sides, and I definitely see the game turning into a hard-fought annual contest. We are very grateful to the Tides organization for agreeing to host this event at their first-class facility."

ODU Head Baseball Coach Chris Finwood "We are certainly excited about the opportunity to get downtown and play NSU at Harbor Park. A big thanks to Dave Rosenfield for spearheading this. I hope all our fans will come out and support us, especially since this game will be a fundraiser for our baseball program with all advance ticket sales going back to our program. Having two Division I baseball programs in the same city is rare and I hope we can use events like this to continue to grow college baseball in the Hampton Roads area."

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