Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Crosscutters Baseball - Historic Bowman Field is all dirt and baseball starts in a couple of months

Historic Bowman Field is all dirt and the field must be graded and resodded by June 16th.
Williamsport, PA -  I stopped by Historic Bowman Field to see what was happening with the new general admission seat  and box seat renovations and was shocked at what I saw. Most of the baseball field was covered in dirt and gravel. The place was all torn up and the Crosscutters are scheduled to arrive in Williamsport June 16th.

I stopped by the Crosscutters office and was able to get more information about this huge project. I found out that the playing field is going to be completely overhauled by Major League Baseball at a cost of 1 1/2 Million Dollars. Grants were secured to overhaul the box seats and what was called general admission seating.

Field Reserved Seating (Formally Box Seats) will go into this area.
Field Reserved Seats (Formally Box Seats)
Here is what I learned about the new Field Reserved Seats. The lower seating section of the stadium is being demolished to make way for new Field Reserved seats (formerly known as box seats). At 22 inches in width, the new seats will be a full 5 inches wider than the existing seats, more leg room and feature cup holders as well as wider aisles for enhance fan comfort and convenience.

Stadium Reserved Seating
Actually, there isn't general admission seating anymore as I understand it. The latest announcement means that all fixed seats in the facility will be new and improved in 2017. The team previously announced the conversion of the former general admission seating to new individual reserved seats which will now be known as Stadium Reserved seating. So in affect it is now individual reserved assigned seating. The new seats are a little wider than normal and rows will be 7 seats between isles.

BB&T Ballpark
The new plan also includes new, larger dugouts that will be relocated to the traditional areas on the first and third base lines as well as new expanded protective netting that will protect all fans in the stadium seating area.

The new state-of-the-art protective netting will be thinner and stronger than the current netting, providing enhanced visibility and enhanced protection. The new netting system will be vertical and not connected to the stadium roof, thus still allowing fans the opportunity to grab a foul ball while also providing maximum protection. The new stadium configuration will also prioritize the safety of our fans enjoying a game at BB&T Ballpark by installing the same netting found at the newest ballparks in the Country.

The newly announced renovations are being made possible by a $1.25 million RACP Grant by the state for renovations to 92-year old BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

The BB&T Ballpark held almost 4,000 fans at capacity, but with the a capacity of 2,500 people.