This is an incredibly fascinating idea! In a project led by Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Niagara students will be entirely responsible for the operations of the Niagara Power, a summer collegiate baseball team, based in Niagara Falls. Talk about real world experience!
Some Niagara University students aren’t just getting their feet wet in the real world, they’re living in it.
From planning a promotional schedule to finalizing ticket prices, 23 student interns are the reason the Niagara Power will be back on in June after a two-year hiatus.
Niagara University announced in October that its College of Hospitality and Tourism Management purchased the Niagara Power and that the school’s sports management department would operate the team. The purchase makes NU the first university in the country to own and operate a collegiate baseball team.
Since the fall, students have been busy preparing for the team’s home opener on June 2 at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls.
“It’s going to be really cool for us to see a team that was there before, and see that our work is responsible for bringing the team back. That’s going to be special,” said Kyle Barker, a junior and head intern of the team. “We know that we’re accentuating a new chapter of baseball in Niagara Falls. We know it has a history in the past. We’re excited that we can continue that trend of baseball in the area.”
Cal Kern, who previously owned the team, will still have a role with the franchise, including marketing the team and continuing to serve as the team’s chaplain. But for the most part, it’s a student-run show.
“Outside of managing the team on the field, the students are The Power. We’re going to be there to oversee it, but they’re responsible for the day-to-day operations,” said Dr. Patrick Tutka, The Power’s president and director of operations. Dr. Tutka is an assistant professor of sports management at NU.
Since the fall, NU students have been learning everything there is to know about managing The Power. A communication class is learning how to write press releases and web stories. A sales class focuses on selling ads for the team program. A marketing class is finalizing a promotions schedule.
Even the concessions stand will be run by students, which will be overseen by Dr. Joel Reynolds, an assistant professor in Niagara’s hospital program and a certified executive chef.
Students finalized a full menu that includes traditional baseball options peanuts, popcorn, Sahlen’s hot dogs and much more. You’ll also find certain game day specials at the ballpark, like perhaps poutine and smothered sausage and peppers.
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