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Issue Preview: Opening Pitch

When baseball fans walk into The Hangar on April 9 to catch the first game of the Lancaster JetHawks season, they might not recognize the nearly 20-year-old municipal stadium. The Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros has new owners and a new executive team that is bringing a bit of a big league touch to the minor league venue. For one, it will be hard to miss the party deck that can accommodate up to 80 people on the left field line, or the free children’s Fun Zone with JetHawks-branded play equipment that will be open during games. Even the signage will have been updated to match the team’s red and blue colors. More interested in what’s happening down on the field? Check out the new radar gun that will display pitch speeds. One thing hasn’t changed, though. The reasonable ticket prices are $9 or $14 in advance and $10 or $15 on game day – and with the stadium having a capacity of just 7,000, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. “Every night is going to be the best show we can put on, it doesn’t matter the weather or the score,” said Tom Backemeyer, the 37-year-old executive vice president who handles daily operations for the team. Read the full story in the April 6 edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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