Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Privateer Park Renamed First NBC Ballpark

Privateer park renamed first nbc ballparkThe New Orleans Privateers and First NBC Bank announced a philanthropic partnership which will rename the University of New Orleans baseball facility Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark.

The New Orleans Privateers and First NBC Bank announced a philanthropic partnership which will rename the University of New Orleans baseball facility Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark.

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The Privateers will play the inaugural game in the new Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark versus Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Students get in free with ID.

The University will host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Friday, March 14 at the ballpark. 

In recognition of the multi-year gift commitment to the Privateer Athletic Foundation (PAF), First NBC Bank garners naming rights for the facility through December 2023.

"We are privileged to establish this partnership with First NBC Bank. We have enjoyed working with Mr. Ashton Ryan and his team on the First NBC Cup [baseball series between UNO and Tulane] partnership for several years and look forward to this extension of our relationship," said New Orleans Director of Athletics Derek Morel.

"This community partnership is yet another demonstration of First NBC's commitment to amateur and collegiate athletics in the New Orleans metropolitan area."

Maestri Field has been undergoing a renovation since January of 2013, and the Privateers have played a full season and a half away from its home field. The Privateers last played an intercollegiate game on campus on April 28, 2012.

"These athletes work tirelessly and we are proud to recognize their contribution to our community. Our entire banking team applauds the efforts these fine young people put forth both in the classroom and on the athletic field," said First NBC Bank President and CEO Ashton J. Ryan Jr.

To mark the historical significance of the partnership with First NBC Bank and the Privateers, the University will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Friday, March 14 at the ballpark. The Privateers will then play the inaugural game in the new Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark versus Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m.