A familiar field may soon have a new name, but the team playing there will be the same.
It’s been more than ayear since Fernando Aguirre took over as the SeaWolves owner. He promised to keep professional baseball in Erie. Now, he’s staying true to his word.
The SeaWolves, Erie Events, and city and county representatives joined together to announce a new five-year lease to keep the team in Erie, at least through the 2020 season.
One of the key factors in the agreement is that Erie native Jerry Uht will allow the team to sell the naming rights to the stadium that bears his name.
No members of the Uht family were present at the announcement, but through a family representative, Jerry Uht issued this statement:
“Jerry has been honored and humbled to have had his name associated with professional baseball in Erie for the past two decades. He is happy to know that by allowing the new owner to receive additional revenue from the sale of the naming rights, professional baseball will continue in Erie for at least the next five years.”
Once a buyer secures the naming rights, the green space between French Street and the stadium will be known as Jerry Uht Park.