Spring fling: Stadium now Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park
The Rays just announced a naming rights deal with the Mosaic Co. for their spring training facility in Port Charlotte, which will now be known as Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park.
The deal is for 15 years through 2024. Mosaic, headquartered in Plymouth, Minn., is a world leader in the production of crop nutrients, including phosphate from Florida. Mosaic says it has more than 3,000 central Florida employess, and that tens of thousands of Floridians work in other jobs dependent upon the industry.
The deal, subject to approval by Charlotte County, will provide for signage including the main scoreboard, all entry points, the marquee at the main entrance, on the tops of the dugouts and on the press box level.
Mosaic, according to the team press release, also will sponsor several community events each year, including baseball clinics with Rays staff for youngsters from local nonprofit organizations; will stage a communuty event to celebrate the opening of each spring season and sponsor Charlotte County Community Nights at both Mosaic Field and Tropicana Field.
Quotes, via the team release:
From Rays Senior Vice President/Chief Sales Officer Mark Fernandez: "Our first priority in considering a naming rights partner was to find a corporation with a strong presence in our region and a demonstrated commitment to local communities. The Mosaic Company has an exceptional track record of community engagement. We are very proud to be entering into this multi-faceted partnership with them.”
And from David Townsend, Assistant Vice President-Public Affairs for Mosaic: "This partnership builds upon Mosaic’s established relationship with the Rays and our ongoing support of community organizations in Charlotte Count. In addition to endorsing a terrific baseball venue, we’re especially pleased that our annual sponsorship will provide activities for families and youth from the local community and surrounding counties to enjoy at Charlotte Sports Park.”