The Terre Haute Rex season opener is just 27 days away. While nearly 4 weeks may sound like plenty of prep time it’s actually crunch time for the organization as they nail down all of their final plans. This year, the Rex have some help.
When the Terre Haute Rex start their 2018 season, They will be using Indiana State’s Bob Warn Field along with ideas pitched by sports management students.
“Last fall we decided to create this project with the fall class to come up with some ideas that they can use to sell sponsorship. They came up with 8 ideas and the Rex picked two of them.” said Indiana State Assistant Professor, Matthew Blaszka.
Thursday, students made their final presentations for two theme nights. Super Bros Night and Motorsport Night.
“You don’t realize how much you have to do and how much people have to go through. We had to talk to sponsors we had to think what are they going to do in the first and the second and the third inning. You have to entertain people every single inning for 2 1/2 hours three hours four hours long and it was really difficult but it was a cool experience just learning the inner workings of a baseball game,” said Student Lincoln Ottersbach.
That was the point, creating a realistic experience, and what better way to do that than work side by side with professionals.
“We want them to learn more about organizing and running a baseball team. No matter what the sport it’s still an organization that you have to run and it gives them hands-on experiences. They are learning different things in marketing and protecting a brand and budgeting and things like that,” said Terre Haute Rex Owner Bruce Rosselli.
This is much more than just a project. The students ideas will be on full display June 17th and July 31st of this season.
“It will be like hey we did this. This is all of our hard work that has been done and it will just be something that I will think about for a long time,” said Ottersbach.