Lake Erie Crushers Sprenger Health Care Systems purchases naming rights to stadium

5 January 2017

The Lake Erie Crushers will no longer be playing their home games at All Pro Freight Stadium as the team announced a new stadium naming rights agreement with Sprenger Health Care Systems during a press conference on Jan. 4.

The new stadium will be known as Sprenger Health Care Stadium, or simply Sprenger Stadium, according to Crushers co-owner Tom Kramig.

“Sprenger Health Care Systems has agreed to a stadium naming rights partnership with the Lake Erie Crushers, meaning this ballpark that we’re sitting in will now be known as Sprenger Health Care Stadium, or Sprenger Stadium for short,” Kramig said during the press conference. “We’re absolutely thrilled to make this announcement. This agreement came together over the past couple of months. Sprenger has been a partner with the Crushers since the team was formed, back in 2009.”

Sprenger Health Care Systems CEO, Nicole Sprenger, was enthusiastic about the agreement.

“We’re very excited to have this opportunity. We started doing business in Lorain County in 1959, and from that point my grandmother, father, uncle, my cousin Michael and I have always felt strongly about giving back to the community and providing opportunities within the community.

“We think this will provide our seniors, along with our employees, an opportunity for family fun right here in Lorain County.”

Sprenger Health Care was founded by Sprenger’s grandmother in 1959 when it opened its first facility in Amherst. Today the company has 29 facilities across Ohio and Indiana and will soon be expanding into South Carolina.

Springer Health Care is headquartered in Lorain.

“We’re excited to have Sprenger. When it comes to our partnerships in Avon, we’re always looking for quality of partners,” Avon mayor Bryan Jensen said. “I don’t think we could have asked for a better quality of partner than Sprenger.”

Jensen also thanked Chris Haas and All Pro Freight for its years as the stadium naming rights holder.

Late last year the Lake Erie Crushers announced All Pro Freight would not be renewing the naming-rights agreement and that the organization would begin looking for a new partner. Kramig said the Crushers talked to a half dozen organizations about the opportunity before settling on Sprenger.