CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The Long Island Ducks will play ball in nearby Central Islip until at least 2030. Plus, the stadium has a new multi-million dollar title sponsor. Both announcements made it a big day for the LI Ducks, even if the minor-league baseball team had to put their bats and gloves down this season because of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joined with officials from the Long Island Ducks and Fairfield Properties to announce a new title sponsorship for the Suffolk County ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks. In addition to the sponsorship, Bellone announced a new agreement with the Long Island Ducks that secures professional baseball at the stadium until 2030.
The stadium, currently known as Bethpage Ballpark, will be renamed to Fairfield Properties Ballpark. Fairfield Properties will enter into a 10-year agreement with Suffolk County for exclusive naming rights of the ballpark and will be responsible for an annual sponsorship fee to the county.
“The Long Island Ducks are a staple in our community and attending a game with family and friends is an annual rite of passage for Long Islanders,” Bellone said. “While unfortunately this season was unable to move forward, we are looking forward to welcoming the Ducks back next year with a brand new title sponsor for the ballpark. I want to thank Fairfield Properties, another Long Island staple, for this sponsorship and their continued partnership.”
Gary Broxmeyer and Michael Broxmeyer of Fairfield Properties wrote in a media announcement, “On behalf of Fairfield Properties and its employees, we are excited to partner with Suffolk County and the Long Island Ducks. We have been a proud member of the Long Island Business Community for over 45 years. We are happy to make this investment in Long Island and look forward to being part of the many great family memories at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. We thank Suffolk County and the Ducks Organization for their professionalism and look forward to working together in the future.”
Ducks Founder and CEO Frank Boulton said, “It is my great pleasure to welcome our new naming rights partner, Fairfield Properties, to the team. Fairfield Properties is an iconic Long Island company whose footprint encompasses the entirety of Long Island much like our Long Island Ducks. I'd also like to congratulate Suffolk County on doing a fine job negotiating the new naming rights deal for the residents of the County of Suffolk.”
The contract begins Jan. 1, 2021, and will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2030, with the option to renew until Dec. 31, 2035. As part of the title sponsorship agreement, Fairfield Properties will pay the county $4,450,000 for the initial term, which equates to $430,000 per year for the first five years and $460,000 for the last five years. If Fairfield Properties title sponsorship is renewed for an additional five years, Suffolk County will receive a total of $2,550,000 or $510,000 per year.
The new contract will bring in significantly more revenue annually for the county than the previous sponsorship with Bethpage Federal Credit Union, according to Bellone’s office. During the initial term of the sponsorship with Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the county received $950,000 in sponsorship fees over five years from 2011-2015. During the renewal term, the county received $1,150,000 in sponsorship fees from 2016-2020.
The ballpark, which is owned by Suffolk County and located in Central Islip, is a 6,002 seat state-of-the-art facility that is home to the Long Island Ducks. The ballpark opened on April 28, 2000 and has welcomed more than 8 million fans and hosted more than 689 sellouts since. Among its many features are 20 luxury suites, spacious seating, a 126-seat bar and restaurant, and an indoor batting tunnel. In addition to Ducks baseball, the ballpark has hosted thousands of events since opening, including professional soccer, lacrosse, charitable events, corporate events, high school baseball, and youth camps and clinics.
Fairfield Properties, headquartered in Melville, is Long Island’s largest owner-operator of multifamily real estate. The company currently owns 160 apartment communities totaling 12,000 units and 14 office buildings containing 1.5 million square feet.