The indy pro Rockford Aviators (formerly Rockford RiverHawks) (Frontier League) have signed a one-year lease agreement (with one-year options for the next four years) with the Rockford (IL) Park District to operate Marinelli Field. As a result, the summer collegiate Rockford Foresters (Midwest Collegiate League), which have leased the facility for the past three seasons, are out and will play on the road in 2013.
The Aviators will still play their regular home games at Aviator Stadium (formerly Road Ranger Stadium) in Loves Park, but the team will use Marinelli to host baseball clinics, high school baseball games and tournaments.
Foresters owner Joe Stefani does not appear happy about being pushed out of Marinelli and made a few clarifying comments about the situation at the bottom of this story appearing on the Rockford Register Star’s website (rrstar.com). Read more here.