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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium To Serve As Home To NJIT Baseball Through 2007

The Newark Bears are proud to announce that New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT) baseball team, the Highlanders, will be playing the majority of their home games at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

The Highlanders will play up to a 20-game schedule at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium beginning Tuesday, March 23, 2004, and concluding on Saturday, May 1. Their remaining games will be played at River Bank Park, the Highlanders regular home venue. The agreement will run through the 2007 season.

A press conference will be held in the Hall of Fame room at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Thursday, February 12th at 12 noon. Members of the press are encouraged to attend. There will be formal remarks from members of Bears Ownership as well as NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch. A contract signing between the two Mascots, Rip N’ Ruppert and the Highlander, will close out the press conference. Following pictures, lunch will be served and those present are invited to attend.

"We're delighted to have the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium as our home baseball field," said NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch. "It's a beautiful ball park and our students can walk from campus on a spring day or take a quick bus ride. It's a great venue for NJIT.  Our home town of Newark is rich in baseball history. Playing at Riverfront will help build school and alumni pride and reinforce the fact that Newark is a college town."

“We are excited to be working with NJIT and serve as their home field this season,” said Bears General Manager Dean Rivera. “NJIT has been a leader in higher education for many years and their commitment to the city of Newark has been exemplary. We are truly honored to be working with them, both on and off the field over the next few years and hopefully for many years to come.”

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium is an important, highly visible component of Newark’s renaissance that is well underway. Beginning in the spring of 2004: 

    * Essex County will construct a parking deck on Bridge Street and the new stretch of Atlantic Street, it will accommodate 377 cars.

    * The light rail will be completed with stops at Broad Street Station and the Stadium.

    * Retail and housing development will parallel the garage development as a result of the Atlantic Street extension. All of these initiatives will result in the Broad Street area becoming an eminently desirable gateway to the City of Newark, with NJIT and other local universities, recreation and office communities all enjoying the benefits.

2004 Bears season tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices for Bears home games at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium will remain $9.00 and $7.00 this season. For Bears season ticket, group ticket and individual game ticket information, fans should call the Bears offices (973) 483-6900. Don’t forget to ask about the ‘Bucket of Bears’. The 2004 Bears schedule can be viewed by logging on to the teams’ official web site, www.NewarkBears.com

Newark Bears Baseball…Leading off the Renaissance

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.