Mayor pitches sale of naming rights for field

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana briefed City Council Thursday on his preliminary approval of a contract to name Bowman Field – Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field.

The contract would generate $30,000 a year in revenue beginning next year for a total of five years, bringing in a total of $150,000 to the city overall, Campana said.

The contract will be brought before the Bowman Field Commission Aug. 13, and city finance and public works committees Aug. 27, before it is voted on by City Council on Aug. 29, he said.

Campana said he would apply the money each year to lessen debt service on acapital investments to the city-owned ballpark.

The signs would include an electronic message as one enters the parking lot off West Fourth Street. Another large sign will be on the existing scoreboard and on top of the stadium.

Campana credited former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed with assistance in landing the naming rights contract with the local bank. Reed received nothing in compensation, according to Campana.

“Steve just wanted to help us out and is doing it pro bono,” he said.