Niles Ohio is a rather small town, which by itself probably couldn't support professional baseball, but since it is a part pf the suburbia that makes up the metropolis of Youngstown Ohio, it has plenty of residential areas to draw from. The ballpark is located about 12 miles northwest of the city. Since it is not actually located in Youngstown proper, the team named itself after the Mahoning Valley region instead of calling themselves the "Youngstown Scrappers". With most residents living in the outer suburbs (such as Austintown, Bordentown, Gerard, Deforest and Churchill), it seemed more "inclusive" to name the team after the Mahoning Valley area (giving its area rather than the city Youngstown itself.