Akron Aeros Sold, Name Could Change
(Courtesy: Fox 8 News)
AKRON – The Akron Aeros baseball team has been sold to a man from Maryland.
For the next 25 years, Ken Babby and his company, Akron Baseball, will be in charge and have naming rights to both the team and the stadium.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville. “We wonder what name he is going to give the team. I don’t know, maybe he’ll keep the name. Maybe he’ll change the name. Whatever he’s going to do, it will be an exciting time for Akron.”
The stadium was built 15 years ago, and it and the team were under a 20-year lease before the current owner decided to market the team for sale, said Akron Mayor Donald Plusquellic. City officials said it’s Babby’s goal to boost attendance and renovate the facility.
Babby will pay for improvements, which will include a new scoreboard, group seating and outdoor party areas.
As far as naming rights, Plusquellic said as owner, Babby will have the right to change the name of the Aeros. If that happens, the city would be involved in the process. Money from any naming rights would go back into the stadium, said Plusquellic.
Plusquellic said the stadium has been a key part of the downtown turnaround.
“We’ve met the owner, we’ve negotiated, we’ve talked about his excitement about coming to Akron and really ramping up improvements and necessary marketing for this team to be able to make this a hub of activity for about five or six months during the year,” he said.