Staten Island Entertainment is the operator of Staten Island Ballpark in Staten Island, NY, and the owner of the new Atlantic League professional baseball team that will begin play in 2022. We're excited to bring
professional baseball back to Staten Island and we are passionate about transforming Staten Island Ballpark into a year-round, fun-filled, community and entertainment destination.
A stadium is a community asset and professional baseball is just the beginning of our plans for Staten Island Ballpark. The stadium will become a year-round entertainment venue hosting concerts, festivals, youth, high school and college sporting events, graduations and other community activities. We are committed to creating a great atmosphere for friends, families and groups of all types looking for a fun and affordable night out.
The team, to be named with the help and enthusiasm of the community, will start playing April 2022 as part of Major League Baseball’s Partnership with the Atlantic League. The Atlantic League offers the highest quality professional baseball outside of the Major Leagues. 60% of its players have MLB
experience and dozens of are signed to MLB clubs each year. The league is MLB’s preferred partner for testing out new rules and game changes. The season has 140 games and over 2.5 million fans attend Atlantic League baseball each season.
AN ECONOMIC PARTNER FOCUSED
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Staten Island Entertainment is committed to being an engaged member of the community and a charitable and economic partner, hiring local residents and using local vendors wherever possible. Additionally, the ballpark and the baseball team are part of a $1 billion+ redevelopment effort of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which includes Empire Outlets, and The Fast Ferry.
Staten Island Entertainment wants to create magical entertainment experiences for our visitors each time they enter our stadium. Our group is led by Eric Shuffler and John Catsimatidis along with a powerful investor group that includes: Yankee Global Enterprises, Dany Garcia, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Michael Che and other prominent members.
John is a true son of New York; he was educated in both the parochial and public school systems earning his HS diploma from Brooklyn Tech. John enrolled in New York University to study electrical engineering; going to school during the day and working in a small grocery store on nights and weekends to help his parents pay the bills. With just 8 credits remaining to graduate, John left NYU to work in the grocery business full-time. By his 25th birthday he was already a success with 10 Red Apple Supermarkets on Manhattan’s Upper Westside. Today, the Red Apple Group has evolved into a diversified corporation with holdings in the energy, aviation, retail and real estate sectors and over 8,000 employees, with approximately 2,000 located in NYC. John is a firm believer in giving back to the community and has been a strong supporter of the Police Athletic League for nearly 30 years.
Eric is the President of Magic Waters Baseball and the River Crossing Strategy Group, a strategic consulting and government affairs firm. Eric lives in NYC with his wife and two sons and is an active member of his community, a longtime little league coach, PTA President and member of his Community Board. He is a passionate baseball fan and a lifelong Mets devotee.
Eric has held many senior positions in government including serving as the Director of the New Jersey Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance after the September 11th terrorist attacks; Counselor, chief policy adviser and speechwriter to two New Jersey Governors and Chief of Staff to a United States Senator on Capitol Hill.
Randy Levine is the President of the New York Yankees. He was named to his position in January 2000, becoming the first person to hold the post with the club since 1986. Mr. Levine was a principal founder of the YES Network, which is the most-watched regional sports network in the United States. Before joining the Yankees, Mr. Levine served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration. He also served as New York City’s Labor Commissioner.
Mr. Levine has been a partner in the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelson, was Counsel at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and is presently Counsel at the law firm of Jackson Lewis P.C.