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Dutchess Stadium

Dutchess Stadium, in Wappingers Falls, NY. Photo: Danny Wild/MLB.com

Dutchess Stadium, the home field of the Hudson Valley Renegades, opened in 1994 and holds 4,494 people.

"The Dutch" has hosted many big names over the years, from the legendary Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to rising baseball talent like Josh Hamilton and Evan Longoria.

Dutchess Stadium was built in just 71 days in 1994, crews bolting the last few seats into place when the gates were opened for the inaugural game of the Hudson Valley Renegades.

The Erie Sailors brought their agreement with Texas with them when they relocated to the Fishkill-Wappingers Falls area, putting the future Rangers in front of sell-out crowds nearly every home game of the season.

By the end of the '94 season, the Renegades found themselves with a respectable .500 record for the year and boasted five future big-leaguers.

Meanwhile, 'Gades mascot Rookie the Renegade took a huge chance and asked out Rene Gade, another six-foot-tall raccoon he met at Dutchess Stadium. They shared their first date July 14.

The Dutch hosted the 2007 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Dutchess Stadium.

2012 New York-Penn League Champions

In 2012, the Hudson Valley Renegades owned the New York-Penn League's best record at 52-24 and followed that up by claiming their first league title since 1999 with a come-from-behind series win in the best-of-3 Finals.

2013 Renegades Get a New Look, Celebrating 20 Season of Renegades Baseball

In conjunction with commencing our 20th Season of Renegades Baseball, the Hudson Valley Renegades unveiled the rebranding of a new logo, colors, team uniforms, caps and mascot. The 2013 Renegades will take the field wearing the colors of Dutchess Blue & Silver to represent 20 seasons in Dutchess County.

Rascal, the official mascot of the Hudson Valley Renegades, will also receive an updated look for the 2013 season. Rascal was introduced to the ball club in August 2000 and has become perhaps the most alluring mascot in all of sports. For the 2013 season, Rascal will be entering his teenage years at The Dutch, returning bigger, faster and stronger. Rascal will wear a forward Dutchess blue hat, black shirt, and Dutchess blue shorts. Rascal will have a larger physique and will have the same mask, and Dutchess blue eyes to resemble the primary logo.

"From winning the NYPL Championship, being award Vincent McNamara Outstand Club Award, and voted by the fans as MiLB.com Team of the Year, the 2012 season has truly been amazing for our organization and the Hudson Valley community," expressed Renegades General Manager, Eben Yager. "Everyone here at the Renegades, is excited to make our 20th season a memorable and exciting experience for the community."