The 'Pigs Home Gets A Name

Let's face it, naming rights are a part of baseball. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs new home is being built and now there's an official name. And no, it's not The Sty.

Coca-Cola Park is the official home for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The team and Coca-Cola of the Lehigh Valley made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday. The stadium, being built in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs when they begin play in April of 2008. The 'Pigs will be the new Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies next season.

"The agreement provides Coca-Cola an identity with Minor League Baseball's premier facility and the IronPigs with a substantial, well established partner with strong community ties," said IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. The park will be the only sports facility in the country to carry the Coca-Cola name.

The stadium is under construction, which began with a groundbreaking last September. When finished, the full cost of the stadium will be $48.4 million and will return minor league baseball to the Lehigh Valley, comprised of the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.

Ottawa will be home to the Phillies Triple-A team - the Ottawa Lynx - this season. The Lynx will go out of business moving to the Lehigh Valley next season. The move will bring the Phillies top level minor league team within an hour of Philadelphia, making it convenient for player moves during the season.

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