The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball released its schedule for the upcoming 2023 season, unveiling key dates for the Staten Island FerryHawks — who will open their second season at home at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park. The team will host a three-game set against the Charleston Dirty Birds, beginning on Friday, Apr. 28 and concluding on Apr. 30.
The league, meanwhile, will celebrate its 25th season and teams will play 126 games with 63 home games. The season is broken into two halves and the league will hit the midway point and crown its first half division champions following the games on Friday, July 7. The second half of the season will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 17.
The Atlantic League will also be expanding to a 10th city with a new team in Frederick, Maryland for the 2023 season.
Key home games for the FerryHawks include the July 4 “fireworks extravaganza” against the Lexington Legends. The Hawks will also play 15 home games against their “Battle of the Belt” rival Long Island Ducks — the first of which kicks off a three-game homestand on May 2 through 4.
The teams will also meet on Staten Island on Jun. 20-22, Jun. 30-July 3, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 8-10.
The FerryHawks are scheduled to play six contest against the defending champion Lancaster Barnstormers (May 16-18, Jun. 9-11). Perhaps the biggest event of the team’s season will take place on Aug. 11 and 12 when Staten Island hosts the renowned Savannah Bananas, the country’s most famous traveling independent club.
Staten Island University Hospital Community Park is currently undergoing a complete overhaul of its seating and the ballpark will feature all new seats and seating options — including two and four-top tables, more group areas, larger and more comfortable seats, and a limited amount of premium padded seats directly behind home plate.
“(Owner) John Catsimatidis and myself are committed to making Staten Island University Hospital Community Park NYC’s newest and greatest year-round entertainment venue,” said FerryHawks president Eric Shuffler. “The FerryHawk experience is all about affordable, family fun and this year we will have many new fan improvements at the ballpark. Every game is a bit of FerryHawk magic and a chance to create a smile and memory for a fan.”
“In addition to our 63 baseball games, we’ll also have graduations, youth sports, concerts and festivals in 2023,” added Shuffler. “John Catsimatidis and I encourage fans to reach out to us with their thoughts on the FerryHawk experience, their ideas for giveaways, promotions, and non baseball events. We want to hear from Staten Island about what they want!” added Shuffler, who offered his email address to fans (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
General manager Gary Perone alluded to other promotions to come next season.
“We are planning a full promotional and entertainment schedule with the wildly popular Italian and other heritage nights, fireworks, Little League nights, free shirt Fridays, 2 for 1 ticket Tuesday, a new hot dog special on Wednesdays and an improved Thirsty Thursday,” said Perone. “We will also have morning games for schools and camps and a return of our “Baseball and Business” networking game. Frankie the FerryHawk has been out all over Staten Island and we are excited to open the gates!”