Nik Wallenda will be walking high enough to clear the air over the stadium in Pomona next month.
On Saturday, June 25, the world famous aerialist will attempt to walk across Palisades Credit Union Park prior to the Rockland Boulders game vs. the Cuban National Team featuring Cuban ace El Duque Hernandez.
Wallenda’s 500+ foot tightrope walk will take place almost 125 feet above the playing surface. The amazing sky man will also “drop” the ceremonial first pitch from high above the field before completing his walk.
Some help from above could be what the Boulders need following the stadium financing-related arrests of Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and Ramapo LDC Executive Director Aaron Troodler.
Allegations against the town have never been spelled out so clearly as they were in US Prosecutor Preet Bharara’s April 14 indictment. St. Lawrence and Troodler are alleged to have lied about the town’s financial condition in order to sell bonds to pay for the bloated stadium budget of $60 million, about $30 million over projections.
Investigators revealed that the stadium project hit taxpayers for tens of millions even though residents voted overwhelmingly against financing the project. And though the Boulders have drawn well, the town still posts an annual loss of $500,000 to $1 million on stadium operations.
The controversy has not harmed business for the team in the past, partly because team owners Bottom 9 were not involved in the financing of the stadium.
Far from the world of political intrigue, skywalker Nik gained his inspiration from his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda, who first minted the family name in the tightrope business. Nik’s walk at Palisades Credit Union Park is almost the same distance and height as his great grandfather’s walk across Shea Stadium in 1970.
Wallenda said, “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to walk over Palisades Credit Union Park. My great-grandfather, Karl, has been a huge inspiration to me and it’s an honor to be able to walk over a baseball field similar to many of his walks.”
Nik, owner of nine Guinness records, made his mark in on June 15, 2012 as the first person to walk a tightrope directly over Niagara Falls. Then on June 23, 2013 he walked across the Grand Canyon and followed it up with a dramatic walk between two skyscrapers in Chicago in November of 2014, both of which were aired live on Discovery around the world.