More renovations are on tap for BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters (Short-Season A; NY-Penn League; Philadelphia Phillies), as the team and the city of Williamsport are continuing to move ahead with upgrades at the ballpark, which include new amenities and seating.
2017 will be a significant season of changes at BB&T Ballpark, as some large-scale projects will be completed to help bring the second-oldest active ballpark in the minor leagues up-to-date with modern stadiums. Opened in 1926 as Memorial Park before changing its name to Bowman Field in 1929, the renovations will include new seating, a new picnic deck/family area, new dugouts, improved netting down the lines, and a greatly improved playing surface and drainage system. These upgrades will not only help benefit the Crosscutters, but will in turn prepare the park for Major League Baseball action.
Back in early March, MLB announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals would face off in regular-season play at BB&T on August 20, the first ever major league matchup at the ballpark. This follows from a game played last season between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves at an army base during the Memorial Day weekend. This upcoming event, in conjunction with the Little League World Series, will be a massive showcase not only for the historic stadium, but also for the city. In preparation for this, the city council approved the contract for the renovations-more from the Sun-Gazette:
“A resolution to authorize Anthony H. Visco Jr. Architects, 441 Market St., to do architectural and engineering services as the stadium prepares to get new seating, including wider box seats and wider aisles, passed on the 6-0 vote, with Councilwoman Bonnie Katz absent.
The money will not be taken from the city budget, but rather from a $1.25M state Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grant awarded by the state Office of Budget, said Council President Jonathan Williamson.
The architect must not exceed $69,600 in this phase of the project.”
The ballpark has consistently been a fan-friendly baseball venue, as it won three separate Best Short-Season Ballpark Awards just last season alone.