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Name change for the Cove means more improvements to the Stadium


It's no longer just "The Cove."  The new name for the Silver Hawks home is Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium.

Thursday the Silver Hawks announced a naming rights agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds Resorts.  And then proudly welcomed fans to the new Four Winds Field Thursday night.

David and Crystal Dejong said, "Four Winds is a well known name and if businesses are investing in South Bend I always think that's a good thing."  Those at the game say they're happy it'll be the Four Winds name on the field.  "It shows there's a local connection....and maybe some of the heritage will also be brought with that," said The Dejong's.

Bring some of the heritage is part of the reason why the tribe wanted the naming rights in the first place.  "To be honest with you not everybody realizes who the tribe is, what the tribe is, kinda what we're all about," said Matt Wesaw the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Chairman.

Wesaw says by purchasing the naming rights they hope that changes.  "It helps us in the process of educating the people that live around here that there really is a Pokagon band of Potawatomi Indians."

It helps the stadium too.  "With the investments we're going to be bringing into the Stadium now with Four Winds there's gonna be a lot more construction, a lot more improvements,"  said Silver Hawks Owner Andrew Berlin, "We're also looking at a possible second story to Coveleski Stadium to add more grandstands and more suites."

That's a home run to the fans.  "I think it'll be great.  It'll probably bring a lot more people into the park," said Bob Schooner.

And you won't have to pay for it.  Berlin said, "Now we've been able to secure a partnership with a company where the taxpayers don't have to fix up their own house anymore.  Someone's gonna do it for them."



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