FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Lakewood BlueClaws have reached a new pact with Lakewood Township officials that will keep the team in town for another 40 years.

The BlueClaws announced Friday that the team and township signed a lease extension at FirstEnergy Park through 2055.

“This is a banner day for the BlueClaws and we are thrilled to be able to stay at FirstEnergy Park for the foreseeable future,” said team president Joe Finley, in a statement. “The BlueClaws and the Township of Lakewood have had a tremendous relationship over the last 15 years and we look forward to many more great years of BlueClaws baseball in Lakewood.”

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The BlueClaws, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, debuted in 2001 and have been a resounding success ever since, leading the South Atlantic League in attendance in each of their 15 seasons. The team said 6.4 million fans have come through the turnstiles at FirstEnergy Park over the club’s existence. The stadium contains 6,588 fixed seats, 16 luxury suites, two party decks, a grass berm and picnic areas.

“Since 2001, our main goal has been to bring affordable, family fun to Lakewood and the Jersey Shore,” the statement from Finley continued. “This agreement ensures our commitment to the area and we look forward to being an active member of the Township and of Jersey Shore community for many years.”