Opening Day Partners

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Opening Day Partners, LLC
Private
Industry baseball team operations
Founded 1982
Headquarters 650 North Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Key people
Peter Kirk, Jon Danos,
Brad Sims,
Brooks Robinson
Website Opening Day Partners

Opening Day Partners is a company that owns and operates independent baseball teams in the United States. Since 1982, Opening Day Partners have owned and operated its own Minor League Baseball teams, operated teams for other organizations, assisted in the sale and purchase of teams, and advised and consulted with international clients.[1]

The Opening Day Partners formula has proven to be one of the most successful in professional sports. One of the several elements of the formula include the standardization of comfortable ballpark features such as hotel lobby-style box offices, more legroom for fans, padded seats, individual cupholders, 360-degree walkways, picnic areas able to accommodate 500 fans, and large playgrounds. The company was the first minor league baseball to implement 20-horse carousels and bumper boat attractions able to accommodate children and adults. Currently, the only minor league ballparks in the world that have the bumper boat attraction are Clipper Magazine Stadium and Regency Furniture Stadium.[2]

Another element of the Opening Day Partners formula is an emphasis on philanthropy through various fundraisers, charity events, specialty jersey auctions, and children book-reading programs. Finally, the formula incorporates the local fans, ranging from the occasional to the hardcore, with fan fests, name-the-team contests, the incorporation of local companies and their products, and homages to each team's baseball and socio-geographic history. While many of these various elements of the formula are not unique to Opening Day Partners, the company is one of few that incorporate them to create a comfortable and enjoyable environment for all fans and their families.

History[edit]

Opening Day Partners, formerly known as Keystone Baseball, have owned and/or operated several Major League Baseball-affiliated, professional baseball teams in the Maryland cities of Aberdeen, Bowie, Frederick, Hagerstown, and Salisbury. The company currently owns and operates highly successful Atlantic League of Professional Baseball teams in Camden, New Jersey, Waldorf, Maryland, and York, Pennsylvania. Plans for the BallPark at One Loudoun in Loudoun County, Virginia are being finalized for the 2014 season.[3]

Baseball & Sports Associates, LLC is an Opening Day Partners-owned company that handles baseball operations, including player development for numerous Minor League Baseball teams.

Relationship with Major League Baseball[edit]

Opening Day Partners has a long-standing relationship with Major League Baseball, and many of its individual clubs. The assignments undertaken by Opening Day Partners and its affiliates include:

  • Providing field design and installation advisory services to the Houston Astros.
  • Advising several Major League Clubs on their Minor League operations.
  • Operating the Maryland Fall League for minor league players.

Stadium design and construction projects[edit]

Through its facility management division, Opening Day Partners has provided stadium design, construction, and operation services to numerous communities, in addition to providing such services on its own ballparks. Clients have included:

Ballpark Location
Ripken Stadium Aberdeen, Maryland
Bernie Robbins Stadium Atlantic City, New Jersey
Harry Grove Stadium Frederick, Maryland
Hadlock Field Portland, Maine
Arm & Hammer Park Trenton, New Jersey
Prince George's Stadium Bowie, Maryland
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Salisbury, Maryland
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium Wilmington, Delaware

Food and beverage services[edit]

Through its food and beverage entities, Opening Day Partners has provided concession and catering services to minor league parks, arenas and universities nationwide including:

Venue Location
Capital Centre Landover, Maryland
TicketReturn.com Field Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Patriot Center Fairfax, Virginia
Stanford University Stanford, California
Towson State University Towson, Maryland

Teams currently owned by Opening Day Partners[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Camden Riversharks Camden, New Jersey Campbell's Field
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Waldorf, Maryland Regency Furniture Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Opening Day Partners". Opening Day Partners. Retrieved December 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ OPD design features
  3. ^ Kincora Ballpark

External links[edit]

Official website[edit]

Team websites[edit]