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Photo Gallery: Welcome to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark

With the ribbon-cutting Thursday, May 3, the Kane County Cougars' home stadium is now, officially, Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

With the trumpeting theme song from Jurassic Park blaring and Ozzie the Cougar wielding the scissors, the blue ribbon was cut along the first-base line just before the 6 p.m. start of Thursday's ballgame between the Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs—officially the first-ever game at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren and more than a dozen other local dignitaries from Fifth Third Bank and the Cougars front-office took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Although fans didn't flock to the stadium, they enjoyed the usual, fantastic Cougars amenities, took advantage of the special $5.50 price per seat, dodged the raindrops and saw a terrific baseball game.

The only thing that could have made it better was a Cougars win.

Kane County lost 4-3 to the Cubs affiliate, stranding runners on first and third in the ninth, but leaving the promise of some exciting baseball in the coming days and weeks.

On Friday, the Cougars again host Peoria, this time with a 6:30 p.m. start for "Star Wars Night," when fans can dress in costume for a pre-game parade, and afterward  enjoy a Star Wars themed fireworks show at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Play ball!

... And may the Force be with you.

Bob McQuillan May 04, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Still no one can explain how the stadium can be owned by Kane County Forest Preserve (county taxpayers) yet the minor league baseball team that leases the stadium gets to keep ALL the revenue for renaming the stadium. Named after a business, Fifth Third Bank, that doesn't pay any sales tax? Better yet, the owners of the stadium (taxpayers) don't know what Fifth Third Bank paid for the naming rights? Not a very transparent deal for the taxpayers! How do the owners of the stadium (taxpayers) know if this is a good deal or not?

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