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Marina Auto Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in Rochester, New Yorkmarker, USA. It is home to the Rochester Rhinos soccer team of the USL First Division and the Rochester Ravens soccer team of the USL W-League. It was also the final home of the now-defunct Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. The stadium also hosts other sporting events such as collegiate soccer, Doug Miller Rochester Rhino Academy games, American football, field hockey and drum and bugle corps competitions as well as concerts.

The stadium was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous) and opened as PAETEC Park on June 3, 2006. The stadium was renamed Rochester Rhinos Stadium in 2008 when PAETEC Communications announced they would not renew their naming rights for the facility. In 2009, the team held a raffle of sorts to determine the name for the rest of the year, which was announced as Marina Auto Stadium on June 4.

History

Under the name PAETEC Park, the stadium was constructed on a filled-in section of the Erie Canal's original routing through Rochestermarker. This was also once the route of the Rochester Subway, which was built in the old canal bed and ended operations in 1956.

The park hit some minor stumbling blocks even before the first shovel hit dirt: the original designs needed to be revised when it was revealed that the playing field was below the water table, and the environmental impact report revealed that the site had pockets of petroleum that needed to be treated. Notwithstanding these roadblocks, ground was broken on July 9, 2004, and Phase One of the construction was completed. The stadium had its grand opening on June 3, 2006, which featured the Rhinos' first home game of the season. The game was played in front of a capacity crowd of 13,768 fans and ended in a 2–2 tie against the Virginia Beach Mariners.

PAETEC Park was funded jointly by the state of New Yorkmarker, the city of Rochester, and the Rhinos (the State of New York paying $23 million while the Rhinos and the city will pay the remaining amount). Infrastructure improvements will be paid for by the city of Rochester.

Naming rights

Naming rights to the park were purchased by PAETEC Communications, a local telecommunications company, in 2004 for a reported total of $12.8 million over 22 years. Due to delays in construction, however, the amount had been reduced to $2.1 million over 12 years. When the previous owners of the Rhinos were forced to give up the team in early 2008, the agreement was voided. PAETEC would then sign a new 1-year agreement with new owner Rob Clark's firm, the Adirondack Sports Club. On December 11, 2008, it was announced that PAETEC would not renew their naming rights agreement when the contract expires in April 2009. The stadium then became known as Rochester Rhinos Stadium. In mid-2009, the team had a raffle to determine the naming rights for the stadium. For each $1,000 an individual, group, company, or other entity paid to the Rhinos, they would be given one chance to win the right to name the stadium. On May 30, 2009, the night of the Rhinos' 2009 home opener, Marina Motors, a Webstermarker-based automobile dealership group, won the raffle.

Events

The Rochester Rhinos and Rochester Rhinos Women soccer teams of the USL First Division and USL W-League, respectively, and the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse moved to the facility in 2006. The Rattlers were dissolved following the 2008 MLL season.

PAETEC Park hosted Major League Lacrosse championship weekend in 2007.

The Drum Corps Associates drum corps championships have been held at PAETEC every Labor Day weekend since 2006.

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