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‘Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium’ approved in Summit

Robert Allen
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” International mining company Freeport-McMoRan appears to have staked its claim to naming rights for the new synthetic turf field planned for Tiger Stadium.

Turf campaign steering committee member Tom Looby said the company is expected to donate $100,000 and receive six years of exclusive naming rights

to “Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium,” according to a letter to Summit School Board.

The board on Tuesday unanimously approved the naming rights ” though board member Sheila Groneman abstained because her husband works for the company, said Summit School District spokeswoman Julie McCluskie.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation is expected to present the $100,000 check at the school board’s next meeting, April 7 at Summit Education Center in Silverthorne.

The 4-foot-by-8-foot sign with the field’s name is to be displayed “at the prominent entryway” to the field. After six years, Climax Molybdenum will have first right of refusal to match any other funding offers, according to Looby’s letter.

The name “Climax Molybdenum” is to be included on the sponsor wall as well.

School board members in a previous meeting expressed sentiment that the naming rights be given to a local company.

“They’ve been around Summit County a long time, and their area manager is a Summit High School graduate,” School Board member Erin Major said of the company Wednesday.

Major is also a member of the steering committee raising funds for the synthetic turf game and practice fields. She said the efforts are now about $100,000 short of the initial fundraising goal.

The committee aims to accrue about $650,000 by May 1 to put the first field out to contract.

“We feel very confident we’ll be able to move forward, but we need everybody to push in that last little bit,” Major said.

An April 23 fundraising event is planned to involve local restaurants donating 10 percent of that night’s revenues toward the synthetic turf fields. The ultimate goal for the fields, a running track and bleachers is $1.25 million.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.

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