The Akron Racers, the oldest existing women's professional fastpitch team, is Northeast Ohio's best kept sports secret. From June through August, historic Firestone Stadium comes alive with 70-mile per hour fastballs, jaw-dropping defensive plays and professional players that provide post game autographs and photos for fans of all ages.
The City of Akron invested $3.5 million dollars to preserve and renovate historic Firestone Stadium to welcome the Racers in 1999.The Racers competed for two seasons prior to the restructuring of the league after the 2000 season. The league under its new moniker, National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) returned to the diamond in 2004. The Racers staged a come-from-behind victory over Jennie Finch and the Chicago Bandits to claim the 2005 NPF title.
Over the past 15 years, the Akron Racers have transformed Firestone Stadium into a destination for numerous state, regional and national amateur events including the 2007 NCAA II National Tournament, the MAC Championships and the OHSAA Girls Softball Tournament. Over 75,000 players, coaches, friends and fans join us each year to cheer on their favorite team.
In 2015, the Akron Racers Charities started fundraising for much-needed field renovations and upgrades to 90-year old Firestone Stadium. $200,000 in field renovations were complete by the start of amateur play in April 2017. Upgrades included state of the art draining system for extended play in inclimate weather, bluegrass sod, and a 200-ft permanent fence.
The following advertising and/or partnership opportunities are available for your review. Checkout the current packages available or contact us to customize a pacakge that meets your marketing objectives. Please call 330.376.8188 to speak to a sales representative.
Fence Fans (6' x 6') are available on the outfield fence. Your company’s logo or slogan can be featured on our permanent outfield fence which will be on display from April to October for every Firestone Stadium event.
Your company name and/or logo will appear at the bottom of the Scoreboard, located in centerfield. The signage will be viewed by fans at every home game, tournament and stadium event throughout the year.
Dugout signage (11.5' x 2.5 '), located on top of the team dugouts, provides a valuable asset. All in-game promotions, player introductions and more take place right the dugouts, each night.
Mascot Sponsor – Wheelie
Your company’s logo will appear on the uniform of the Akron Racers' mascot, Wheelie. Wheelie is a popular attraction at Racers games, parades and events sponsored by the City of Akron and surrounding communities.
The Electronic Marquee is located on the corner of S. Main and Wibeth. The eight-second display is broadcast 3,000 times per month. The display involves three lines with a maximum of 17 characters per line. Your company name, phone number and/or website can be placed in front of over 200,000 cars that travel this intersection each month.
Akron Racers Program Ad
The game programs are 5.5” x 8.5” and ads are available in several sizes and in color or black & white. Every program is sold at home games and is available at all stadium events. The program will contain profiles, feature stories, stadium information, action photographs and fun pages to keep fans engaged.
Akron Racers Scorecard
The Akron Racers Scorecard provides team rosters and place to keep score during the game. The Scorecard also contains the nightly game notes and statistics. Your company's name and/or logo will appear on the scorecard.
75,000 pocket schedules are produced each year. A panel (2.5" x 3.5") is an effective advertising opportunity due to its distribution. Pocket schedules are included in the season ticket holder mailings, enclosed in each envelope with tickets that are purchased at individual games, distributed to local businesses and several area schools, and distributed by the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper to 600 locations.
Game Day Giveaways
Examples of Giveaways include but are not limited to:
· Mini bats
· Seat cushions
· Rally Towels
· Whatever fits your business! (approval required)
Game Promotional Night
Each game has a specific promotion that is designed to enhance the overall game experience. Throughout the season at each Akron Racers game, numerous promotions dot the schedule as soon as the gates are open to the public. Sponsoring one or several of the nightly promotions adds sponsor recogintion through advanced print and electronic marketing channels. The following are examples of on-field promotions:
- Mention in press release sent out for all games
- Mention in any Radio or TV spots that are produced
- Logo on the team's websie
- Name on all promotional calendars that are distrubuted
- Shout out on all social media platforms the week leading up to the game and the night of the game
- Sponsor may supply a 15-second script to be read twice during the game
Bobblehead or Statue Sponsor
The Akron Racers have two bobblehead or statue nights a season that are distributed to the first 500 fans in the gate. Your company's logo will be featured on the bobblehead or statue of a current Akron Racers player. This will go home with 500 fans.