UPMC Park will soon become a year ’round destination with state of the art upgrades to the entire facility.
New plans reveal what the future of the ballpark will look like and executives say moving forward, it’s all about the fans.
The new field at UPMC Park will soon be accompanied by new amenities all around it.
Greg Gania, Erie SeaWolves Assistant General Manager, says, “When this ballpark opens in 2020, it’s gonna be basically a brand new UPMC Park and we couldn’t be more excited for it.”
Executives with Erie Events and the Erie SeaWolves unveil drawings for the park’s multi-million-dollar renovation project. The enhancements include upgrades to concessions and restrooms, state-of-the-art scoreboards, a brand new stadium club, and revamped team store.
Gania says the renovations are, in some ways, a long time coming. “The last major changes to the ballpark were 2006 when the scoreboard went in and then when the Bud Light Beer Garden was built in 2007. Since then, nothing really new as far as the actual structure of the ballpark has happened. So, the fan experience is just gonna be enhanced tenfold from where fans see it now.”
The release of the plans comes at the perfect time as the park heads into its 25th season.
Erie Events Executive Director Casey Wells says, “It was designed as a Single-A, short season facility, now Double-A with 70 games a season and we wanted to bring it up to Double-A standards to ensure that we’ll have Double-A baseball for many years in the future.”
Wells says this isn’t just good news for the SeaWolves, but also for nearby businesses.
Arena Bar Building Owner Kevin Camp says, “I think it’s gonna be great. I think it’s gonna actually help the area, probably clean it up just a little bit and hopefully, it’ll attract some more attendance.”
A large sum of the budget for this project came from a $12 million state grant which was leveraged by community matches.