The Lorain County Ironmen has begun its 2011 baseball season
The ballpark will also feature a variety of fun-packed events this summer
By Ingrid Marie Rivera, La Prensa Correspondent
As in Toledo with the Toledo Mud Hens, baseball is in the air in Lorain, which has literally begun its season with an explosion – with a fireworks show.
The PRO Baseball Booster Club, the City of Lorain and the Lorain County Ironmen Baseball Club invite the public to its ballpark, the U.S. Steel Pipe Yard Stadium, 2840 Meister Road, Lorain, for the 2011 Season, from June to August 2011. Tickets are $5, and season tickets are $99.
The Lorain County Ironmen held their home opener June 3, 2011 at the Pipe Yard with a fireworks show following the game to celebrate their second season in the county. They will be hosting local college baseball teams at the Pipe Yard this spring and summer. Cedar Point giveaways will be provided at every Saturday home game, and a special VIP package to the amusement park will be given. Sunday start times this season will begin at 2 p.m.
The Ironmen are members of the 11-team Prospect League, that was officially formed in mid-Summer 2008, and that has produced professional baseball players such as: Kirby Puckett, Mike Schmidt, Ryan Howard, and Jonathan Papelbon, just to name a few. This wood-bat league is among the best in the United States, said Rey Carrion, of Lorain’s Community Development Department.
Teams visiting the Pipe Yard this year will include Eastern Division rivals Slippery Rock, Butler, West Virginia, Richmond, and Chillicothe. Cross divisional games will see the Ironmen hosting the Danville Dans and the Terre Haute Rex.
Special events taking place at the PipeYard ballpark this summer include:
The City of Lorain Night: Tues. June 28, 2011 with game beginning at 7:05 p.m., at the PipeYard. It will feature a special tribute to Armando López. $1 for beer and $1 for hot dogs. Ironmen vs Butler Bluesox.
Acclaimed musician Ray Carrion, as well as Sammy DeLeón, Miguel Mambo DeLeón, and El Mostro will perform at the Pipe Yard Friday, July 1, 2011. Concert begins at 5:30 p.m., and runs to 7 p.m. The Latin All-Stars return to the PipeYard that day also. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Ironmen vs Richmond Riverrats. Tickets are $5.
Veteran’s Day at the PipeYard Stadium, will be Friday, July 15, 2011 with a fireworks show to follow game. Gates open at 6 p.m., game starts at 7:05 p.m. Ironmen vs Terre Haute Rex.
Lorain's boxer Wilkins Santiago will “throw down in L-town,” Friday, July 29, 2011 at the PipeYard. There will be 10 bouts, plus live music and more. Presented by RS Entertainment and Freddy's Boxing Gym, the gates open at 6p.m., and first bout begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $15, $25 for Ringside table and $35 for VIP front row. For tickets contact, Freddy’s boxing at (440) 522-8811, or RS Entert. At (440) 522-9549, or city of Lorain at (440) 204-2020.
Fan Appreciation Night is Friday, August 5, 2011. The game of Ironmen vs Slippery Rock Sliders begins at 7:05 p.m. A fireworks show will follow the game.
There is also space available to reserve for private parties at the Pipe Yard.
Contact the Lorain County Ironmen for tickets at (440) 522-9549, and see their schedule online: http://www.lcironmenbaseball.com/
Contact the Community Dev. Dept. for tickets at (440) 204-2020 or contact Rey Carrion at [email protected] Tickets are also available at Lorain Street Dept., Lorain Utilities Dept., and Lorain Fire Dept.