PRESS RELEASE – With the security of a long term lease that was signed with the University of Vermont in April, the Vermont Lake Monsters have been busy upgrading the facility and ballpark to help alleviate several major concerns of Major League Baseball about historic Centennial Field, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics announced today.
The biggest difference that Lake Monsters fans will see at Centennial is a brand new 27-foot by 16-foot video board and new scoreboard in left field provided by Total Sports Entertainment out of LaCrosse, WI. The video board will give all fans a new game experience with the chance to get up close-and-personal with Lake Monster players through live video, headshots, player information, commercials, in between inning promotions and fan interaction.
Along with the video board, other upgrades to Centennial include:
* Each of the eight light towers taken down and replaced by new light towers with new wiring, fixtures and energy efficient lights as part of “Musco Green” technology.
* Visiting teams have a new clubhouse (located underneath the scoreboard) including a coaches office, training room and locker space for all players.
* During the spring of 2011, the Lake Monsters clubhouse in the LaPointe Fieldhouse was renovated with a new lockers, training room, coaches offices and a players lounge.
* Following the 2011 season, the Centennial infield underwent a total renovation including regrading and resurfacing.
In all, the Lake Monsters have spent roughly $1,000,000 in upgrades and renovations to Centennial Field over the past year.
The Lake Monsters would like to acknowledge that none of the improvements or renovations to Centennial Field would have been possible without the help of LSI Industries Inc., Twin State Signs, Melody Electric, Musco Lighting, Delta Electric, Burlington Electric, Lakewind Construction, SportsTurf Enterprises, the State of Vermont, the University of Vermont and the Centennial Field neighbors.
The 2012 Lake Monsters season opens this Monday, June 18th against the Tri-City ValleyCats at Centennial Field beginning at 7:05 pm.
Vermont Lake Monsters, Oakland A’s Extend Player Development Contract
The Vermont Lake Monsters and Oakland Athletics have extended the Player Development Contract between the teams through the 2014 season, the New York-Penn League team and their Major League affiliate announced today at a Centennial Field press conference.
The Lake Monsters became an affiliate of the Oakland A’s in 2011 and made the New York-Penn League playoffs for the first time since 1996 after winning the Stedler Division with a 39-35 record. 2012 was the final season of the original two-year PDC between the two teams before extending the contract for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
“From day one, our organization has been nothing by impressed with the Oakland Athletics,” Lake Monsters General Manager Nate Cloutier said. “The A’s organization embodies everything an affiliate should be. Their player development, level of professionalism, and sense of family and community are unparalleled. The Lake Monsters organization is thrilled to extend our affiliation with the Oakland Athletics and continue to grow our relationship.”
The Lake Monsters, currently in their 19th New York-Penn League season, have seen 66 former players advance to the Major Leagues. 16 of those former Vermont players have been on Major League rosters this season, including current Oakland A’s Tommy Milone and Derek Norris (both played for Lake Monsters in 2008 as members of Washington Nationals organization).