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Farewell to “The Coop”

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
This week in Columbus, Ohio, we say farewell to a stadium that stood the test of time for so many years. This stadium has seen the likes of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Darryl Strawberry, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Opening in 1932, originally called Red Bird Stadium, now known as “The Coop” or Cooper Stadium was home to 6 tenants over its 67 year history. The Columbus Red Birds, Blue Birds, Bullies, Jets, Magic and Clippers all called the historical stadium their home. Cooper Stadium hosted Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Garth Brooks as well as evangelist Billy Graham during it’s time. 

On September 1, 2008, Clippers fans rang their bells one last time. The gates have been shut for over 5 years and this week the walls are coming down. No longer will you see the structure that is The Coop on Mound Street in Columbus, Ohio.

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Cleveland Indians and the Columbus Clippers Agree on a 4 Year Deal

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Being based in Columbus, we feel very fortunate to have a great AAA baseball team in town. For years I have attended “Dime-a-Dog” nights and proudly rang my bell for the Clippers in Cooper Stadium on the South Side of Columbus. The Clippers were the farm team for the NY Yankees from 1979-2006, and the Clippers saw some great players rise through their ranks including Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter, and Jorge Posada.

The Yankees ended the relationship, and the Washington Nationals became the Clips MLB affiliate. Both teams’ contracts were up this season, and this left the door wide open for the much talked about partnership between the 2 Ohio clubs. The Indians announced Thursday that they had signed a four-year player development contract with the Columbus Clippers of the International League, marking the Tribe’s Triple-A move from Buffalo to Ohio’s state capital.

This deal makes perfect sense for all involved parties. Avid Indians fans from all over the state now can make a short trip to watch their prospects develop in Columbus. Columbus fans can make the 2+ hour trip to Cleveland and follow the former Clippers. This partnership will bring together two great baseball organizations, and make both stronger.

The Clippers will open the 2009 season in Huntington Park in the Arena District. The renderings of the park are outstanding, and I can see this becomeing a great attraction because of the new affiliation with the Indians, and also the location of the stadium in the heart of the Arena District. 2009 should be an exciting season for the Clippers and Columbus.

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