The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with , have announced a five-year sponsorship agreement that will rename Elfstrom Stadium.
Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium, as it was originally named when opening as the home of the Cougars in 1991, will now be officially known as Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
As part of the renaming process, the Kane County Events Center will be officially renamed as the Philip B. Elfstrom Events Center to honor the man who was instrumental in bringing minor league baseball to Kane County. Elfstrom, the former Kane County Forest Preserve president and chairman of the Kane County Board, is regarded as a baseball visionary for building a minor league baseball stadium in the shadows of two Major League clubs and bringing Class-A baseball more than 20 years ago to the western suburbs of Chicago.
“We’re thrilled to announce our multi-year partnership with Fifth Third Bank,” said Curtis Haug, Kane County Cougars general manager. “This commitment will allow the Cougars organization to keep our brand of family entertainment affordable in the years to come.”
“As we have enjoyed a substantial presence throughout Kane County and its neighboring communities, we are excited to partner our brand with the Kane County Cougars,” said Robert A. Sullivan, president and CEO, Fifth Third Bank (Chicago). “In 2011, Fifth Third Bank celebrated 10 years in the Chicagoland area and opportunities such as this allow us to further deepen our roots, and demonstrate our commitment as a strong community partner and the one bank people most value and trust.”
About the Kane County Cougars
The Cougars, a farm team of the Kansas City Royals are preparing for the 22nd season of affordable and family-friendly entertainment in 2012. As the only Major League-affiliated minor league baseball team in the suburban area, the Cougars organization has surpassed 400,000 fans for 18 straight seasons and is expected to welcome their 10 millionth fan in 2013.
Next summer on June 19, the Cougars will host the Midwest League All-Star Game for the fourth time in franchise history and greet the next young class of major league stars. Opening Day is set for Monday, April 9 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, and fans can view a complete schedule at kccougars.com.
More than 100 former Cougars have played at or currently play at the Major League level including world champions, All-Stars and Rookie of the Year award winners. Seven of the last eight World Series have featured at least one former Cougars player.
More than 1.5 million children throughout Chicagoland have participated in Ozzie’s Reading Club, the Cougars’ reading incentive program. The organization also assists more than 2,000 non-profit organizations annually through the donation of tickets and memorabilia.
About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. The Company has $111 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,316 full-service Banking Centers, including 103 Bank Mart locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,456 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina.
Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 49 percent interest in Vantiv, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2011, had $276 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $25 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com.
Information for this article is courtesy of the Kane County Cougars.