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Fresno Grizzlies introduce new owners, already making changes

The Fresno Grizzlies introduced its new owners "Fresno Sports and Events" during a news conference on Tuesday.

The Fresno Grizzlies introduced its new owners "Fresno Sports and Events" during a news conference on Tuesday.

The management group headed by Michael Baker along with partners Ray Baker and Jim Coufos has agreed to a lease at Chuckchansi Park that would keep the Grizzlies in Fresno through 2036. The lease was unanimously approved by the Fresno City Council.

The group is already making some changes to the fan experience at the Chuck which include:

•A new hospitality area/gathering place will soon be under construction down the left field line. Fans will have the opportunity to be more social during Grizzlies games.


• The most inexpensive 18-ounce beer at Chukchansi Park will be five dollars, beginning this season on opening day. This is a reduction from the cheapest beer price being eight dollars in recent seasons. The goal is to have all beers be five dollars at Chukchansi Park.

• The Grizzlies are staying in Fresno, period. Furthermore, Chukchansi Park will be available more frequently for community events at zero cost to organizers. Examples include, but will not be limited to high school baseball

games, art shows on the concourse and board meetings on the function room level of the stadium.

Michael Baker, the new owner, says “As the new owners of this team, and newcomers to the Central Valley, we expect to have to earn your trust, and we will. ”

“Fan experience is of the utmost importance to us,” continued Baker. “Beyond making a typical evening at Chukchansi Park more affordable, we need to make sure the Fresno Grizzlies are still leaders and trend-setters in Minor League Baseball with

everything we do; promotions, hospitality, and helping develop future championship talent for the Major League level.”

The Fresno Grizzlies home opener is Tuesday, April 10 at 7:05 p.m.

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