Stadium status

The Harrisburg Senators’ City Island home looked like a new baseball stadium last season.

The Harrisburg Senators’ City Island home looked like a new
baseball stadium last season.

And that was after only the first phase of construction was
finished at Metro Bank Park.

Work continues to run smoothly on the second and final phase
of revamping the ballpark, said Kevin Kulp, team president. Workers started the
second phase at the end of last season. The total construction cost is $32
million, and the total project cost is $45 million.

Work should be finished when the Senators play their first
home game on City Island on April 15, Kulp said.

The following improvements were completed during the first

• A public plaza and entrance opened along the left-field
corner of the ballpark.

• The shell of an 8,600-square-foot operations building in
left field was completed. It will house the team, ranger, security, first-aid
and ticket offices, and a retail store, concession stand and rest rooms. The
team recently moved its operations base into the building.

• A new outfield wall with LED ribbon boards and the
second-largest video board in minor league baseball. The video board can be
seen from Harrisburg rooftops along Front Street.

• Field and drainage improvements in the outfield.

• A boardwalk surrounding the outfield. The boardwalk runs
from one foul pole to the other outside the outfield fence. There is bar-style
seating along the rim of the boardwalk, and fans can walk a circle around the
entire stadium.

• A new seating section and outfield board with drink rails
in left field.

• The old seating bowl behind home plate that extended a short
distance up the first- and third-base lines has been demolished, and the bleachers
along the third-base line have been taken apart.


The following are being constructed during the second

• Seating bowl improvements, with roofing covering most of
the seating behind home plate. There will not be more seating in the stadium; it
still will hold a little more than 6,000 people. But the comfort level will be
much better because most of the seats will have backs, Kulp said. The bleachers
along the third-base line have been torn out and will be replaced with chair
backs. The bleachers along the first-base line will get a makeover, as
will the picnic area beside right field.

• Twenty-one glass-walled suites will be built. Occupants
will be able to see the game at the front of the room and the Harrisburg
skyline at the rear.

• A new sound system.

• A “midway” with activity areas
for children, teenagers and fami-lies.

• A new press box.

• New decorative fencing.

• A new reserved parking area.

• Field-level brick pavers.

• New concession areas and restrooms. The old park had 24
points of sale for concessions, and the revamped stadium will have 75.

The 2010 Eastern League AA minor league all-star game will
take place July 14 at the revamped park. A weekend of related events also will
take place. 


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