Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com is in Williamsport (PA) to report on the MLB Little League Classic for USA Today. Mock takes a look at how MLB readied 91-year-old BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters (Single-A, New York-Penn League), for the big league event. Read more here. View gallery of MLB Players Weekend custom caps and jerseys here.
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Mock Reports on MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport
STMA Members Prepare Field at Historic Bowman for MLB’s 2017 ‘Little League Classic’ on Aug. 20
PRESS RELEASE – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – celebrates its members for their involvement in the renovation and maintenance of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa. Continue reading
Filed under Conference & Events, Field & Turf, Stadium Issues
Williamsport Council Approves Contracts for Ballpark Renovations
The Williamsport (PA) City Council on Thursday approved construction contracts of $1.1 million for improvements to Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters (Single-A, New York-Penn League). This will help prep the ballpark for a visit by the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, which will play a game in front of Little League World Series participants on Aug. 20. Read more here.
$1.25 Million State Grant Awarded for BB&T Ballpark Renovations
PRESS RELEASE – The transformation of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field will continue with the announcement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf of a $1.25 million dollar grant to the City of Williamsport for continued renovations to the stadium. Continue reading
Filed under Design & Construction, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
Cutters Break Ground on New Deck
PRESS RELEASE – The Williamsport Crosscutters along with the City of Williamsport held a groundbreaking today at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field at the future site of the new Premium Deck that is scheduled to open for the team’s 2017 season. Continue reading
Minor Makeover for Bowman Field
On Thursday night, the Williamsport (PA) City Council authorized a contract for $191,000 to begin making improvements to Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters (Single-A, New York-Penn League), paid for by bond financing. Changes coming include removal of the bleachers along the right-field side, replacing fencing with wrought iron, and expanding the concourse along the third-base line. Read more and view photos here.
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Mayor Negotiates $150K Naming Rights Deal for Bowman Field
Williamsport (PA) Mayor Gabriel Campana announced that he has successfully negotiated a corporate naming rights deal for Bowman Field, home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League). If approved by the city council in June, the naming rights partner will pay the city $30,000 per year for five years. Funds will be used for ballpark improvements. The new name for the Continue reading
Eyeing Improvements at Bowman Field
Williamsport (PA) Mayor Gabriel J. Campana plans to ask the city council to authorize use of a $2 million line of credit to make improvements, most of them structural and cosmetic, to 86-year-old Bowman Field, home of the Single-a Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League). Meanwhile, the team would like to see bleachers removed from the right-field side to make room for a Continue reading
Outlaws Close Book on Outdoor Hockey in Williamsport
Plagued by low attendance and financial challenges, the Williamsport Outlaws (Federal Hockey League) cancelled their home finale at Bowman Field, the summer home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League). While outdoor hockey has failed in Billtown, the Outlaws believe indoor hockey at a new or renovated arena would have a far different outcome. Read more here.
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FHL to Hold All-Star Game at Historic Bowman Field, Logo Released
PRESS RELEASE – The Federal Hockey League is proud to announce that the Williamsport Outlaws will host the “1st Annual FHL All Star Classic” on Airmen’s Pond at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA.
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Outdoor Hockey Debuts at Bowman Field
The Federal Hockey League’s Williamsport Outlaws opened their inaugural outdoor hockey season against the Dayton Demonz Wednesday night in front of more than 3,000 fans at historic Bowman Field, the summer home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League). Read more and view news clip here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Rink Ready, Warmth Challenging Ice at Bowman Field
The hockey rink has been built for the Federal Hockey League’s Williamsport Outlaws at Bowman Field, but “comfortable October temperatures” have kept players off of the ice, as they try to prepare for the team’s inaugural full-outdoor season at the historic baseball park. Read more and view photo here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Filed under Field & Turf, Stadium Issues
Construction Begins on Hockey Rink at Bowman Field, Season Begins Oct. 24
The Ground-breaking and construction of the outdoor ice rink at historic Bowman Field for the Federal Hockey League’s Williamsport Outlaws began this week. The team will play its entire home schedule battling the elements outdoors beginning on Oct. 24. Bowman is the summer home for the Single-A Williamsports Crosscutters (New York-Penn League). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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Celebrating the Arrival of Outdoor Hockey at Bowman Field
The one-year outdoor hockey experiment at historic Bowman Field, home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League), kicked off with a community celebration this past week. The Williamsport Outlaws (Federal Hockey League) will take the ice for the first of 30 scheduled home dates on Oct. 24. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Crosscutters Satisfied with Hockey Arrangement
The Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League) raised concerns when it was announced that an outdoor pro hockey team was coming to Bowman Field. The baseball team’s biggest issue was making sure the field would be returned to normal after the hockey season, and that’s been resolved. The matter of beer sales remains outstanding, as the Crosscutters hold the state liquor license at the Continue reading
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Stadium Issues
Outdoor Pro Hockey Team Unveils Seating Chart for ‘Airmen Pond at Bowman Field’
PRESS RELEASE – Today the Williamsport Outlaws unveiled its seating chart for Historic Bowman Field. The 4,200 seat historic stadium will become home to the Williamsport Outlaws this fall as the Outlaws get ready to defend their 2011-2012 Commissioner’s Cup Championship as they face the Dayton Devils Opening Night on October 24th at 7:05 p.m. Continue reading
Outdoor Pro Hockey Coming to Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport (UPDATED)
Williamsport (PA) Mayor Gabe Campana announced today that the Federal Hockey League‘s Williamsport Outlaws will play their pro outdoor hockey season at historic Bowman Field, home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League), from October to March. Read more here and here. The Crosscutters have concerns and filed a last-minute request to obtain the lease document with Continue reading
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Upgrades Approved, New Name Possible for Bowman Field
The Bowman Field Commission has given approval to spend $25,o00 for brighter lights and new foul poles at Bowman Field, home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League). The city is also working to sell the naming rights to the ballpark for a speculated $30,000 to $40,000 per year for three years. The corporate sponsor’s name would simply be added to, not replace Continue reading
Crosscutters Get Paid for Ballpark Maintenance and Management
The City of Williamsport (PA) has agreed to pay the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League) $28,000 in 2012 to turn over responsibilities for maintaining and managing Bowman Field for non-minor league games and events. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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Historic Ballpark’s Naming Rights Up for Grabs
The naming rights for Historic Bowman Field, home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League), will apparently be offered up, after the city council approved a consulting agreement to seek out a corporate or individual naming rights partner. At least one writer is not happy about compromising history. Read more here.
Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: If I Could Build a Ballpark…
Now that there is a proposed site for a new ballpark in Escondido, Calif.; on paper, it made me ruminate for a few hours today at how I would design a ballpark if given the opportunity. There would be many standards that you see in today’s new green cathedrals, but I am sure I would want to enhance the ballparks’ look and feel ever so slightly. Continue reading
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