With Metro Bank scheduled to disappear in early 2016, the Harrisburg Senators likely will be playing in a newly named stadium next year.
What that name will be hasn’t been determined yet.
The minor league baseball team, a Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, currently plays on City Island at Metro Bank Park. But the bank’s parent company, Metro Bancorp Inc. of Swatara Township, announced this week it will be acquired by F.N.B. Corp. in the first quarter of 2016.
If everything goes to plan in the acquisition, there won’t be a “Metro Bank” to put in front of “Park” by the end of spring training. Metro, however, has a contract for the stadium’s naming rights through 2019.
One scenario could be F.N.B. taking over the name of the park, much like what happened in Philadelphia with what is now Wells Fargo Center — formerly First Union Center, formerly Wachovia Center. Or like what happened with the City Island stadium when Metro Bank was formed out of Commerce Bank.
But Vince Delia Jr., president and CEO at Pittsburgh-based F.N.B., the holding company for First National Bank of Pennsylvania, was noncommittal about automatically taking over the naming rights.
“We are still in the process of evaluating any marketing opportunities that provide us with community and company exposure,” he said in an email asking about the stadium’s name.
Kevin Kulp, president of the Harrisburg Senators, said he could not comment on any talks the team has had with F.N.B. leadership.