Harrisburg company overseeing upgrades at Williamsport baseball fieldPirates, Cardinals will play during Little League World Series in August
A Harrisburg-based construction firm is overseeing upgrades at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, the site of a game this summer between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
Reynolds Enterprises Inc., which has a few active projects in the Williamsport area, is serving as the construction manager for renovations at the minor-league baseball stadium, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate.
The stadium renovations, estimated to cost $2.3 million, are needed to bring the stadium up to Major League Baseball's standards. They include a grandstand deck addition, box seating upgrades and safety modifications, including new protective netting.
The nationally televised game between the Pirates and Cardinals will be played Aug. 20 on ESPN as part of its Sunday Night Baseball telecast.
Called the MLB Little League Classic, the contest will count as a regular-season game for the teams and coincide with the Little League World Series being played Aug. 17 through Aug. 27 at nearby Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium.
The Major League game, a first for Williamsport, is designed to help celebrate youth baseball. As such, big league players will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day.
Bowman Field, which will be able to seat about 2,500 people after the renovations are completed in June, will host Little Leaguers and their families for the MLB game.
Tickets to the game are not available to the public.
RACP and the lead contractors
Gov. Tom Wolf's administration last year awarded a $1.25 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to the city to help fund the stadium renovations. Construction began in March.
"How often do you get a chance to work with Little League (International) and MLB at the same time?" said Jeffrey Merritt, one of the owners at Reynolds. "Just being able to be involved in the Bowman Field project is totally unique."
Reynolds is managing a team of Williamsport contractors doing the stadium work, including general contractor J.B. Gibbons Construction LLC, plumbing contractor K.C. Larson Inc. and electrical firm Lecce Electric Inc.
In addition to the stadium project, Reynolds is serving as construction manager on a $14 million airport passenger terminal replacement project for the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority. The Dauphin County company also has been hired to manage the construction for a $16 million addition and renovation project at Muncy High School.