ARM & HAMMER Ballpark, home of the Trenton Thunder (AA; Eastern League; New York Yankees) will slowly get a facelift as the team is replacing aging fixed seats in the stadium. Replacements began appearing last week, and will continue to do so as the team is on the road during the season. This project marks the first in a line of scheduled construction renovations, and is the first since the 2008-2009 seasons when the bleachers down the first and third base lines were removed in favor of a picnic area and more fixed seating.
“This major improvement to ARM & HAMMER Park is something that our fans will enjoy for generations to come,” said team president Joe Finley. “I thank Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Mercer County for helping bring this vision to fruition and we thank our fans for their support of us for over 23 years. We look forward to the new seating enhancing our family-friendly entertainment experience.”
“ARM & HAMMER Park is a wonderful venue that showcases what the Trenton Thunder do best–provide a first-class entertainment experience in a clean and affordable family environment,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “The proof is in the millions of fans who have flocked to the ballpark since 1994, and is something we can all take pride in. Credit goes to Joe Finley, General Manager Jeff Hurley, and everyone on the Thunder staff for the terrific product they deliver to the community.”
A few changes are on tap for the 2018 season at the end of this renovation: luxury level seating will be padded, new concession stands will be put in place, and every seat in the ballpark will be navy blue, matching the Thunder’s current primary color. The seating capacity is also expected to change due to the complete removal of Row U in sections 209 and 210, and the addition of four new seats in Row BB of sections 115-114/113-112/111-110, and 109-108. Total stadium capacity is expected to be at 6,120 when all of the upgrades are completed by the end of next season.