ALBANY, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – As Opening Day festivities kick off in ballparks across the nation, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday, March 30 a new tourism campaign to bring people to New York’s ballparks.

The governor announced a new travel and tourism partnership between I Love NY, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets that will coincide with the start of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. I Love NY signage will be seen in both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field all season, and social media efforts will encourage fans to plan a baseball-themed trip across the state.

Baseball-themed attractions in Central New York include the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, as well as five different collegiate league baseball teams across the area during the summer, including at Donovan Stadium in Utica.

New York State high school teams around the area will also begin their seasons starting on Friday, March 31. To cap off the summer, the world-famous Savannah Bananas will be wrapping up their “Banana Ball World Tour” at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Saturday, September 16.

For more information on the new tourism campaign, or to plan your own baseball road trip through the state, you are encouraged to visit Fans who make trips out to the ballparks of New York are also encouraged to share their pictures enjoying a game on social media using the hashtag #ISpyNY.