Somerset Patriots reveal strategies for Phase 1 of ballpark renovations
The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A affiliate of the New york city Yankees, has announced preliminary Stage 1 plans of renovations at TD Bank Ballpark. These plans are to meet specifications put forward by Big league Baseball ahead of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
” Our ballpark is among the most beautiful throughout the nation,” stated Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “It is among the numerous reasons the New York Yankees chose us as their Double-A affiliate. With the restorations needed to meet ne MLB standards, all small league ballparks will require to make these improvements. We understand that prospects coming through TD Bank Ballpark will have an advanced facility and one of the very best they will ever play at in their professions.”
Included in the restoration plans are growths on player facilities, brand-new buildings, and upgrades to the playing surface and video game discussion setup that will boost the in-house experience for fans.
The Somerset Patriots have currently started demolition and cleaning of their home clubhouse to enable better flow for gamers and coaches. The old health club inside the clubhouse will be relocated to a new 3,100 square-foot fitness center situated, where the current maintenance yard rests. There will also be a brand-new devoted dining and kitchen space area in the clubhouse location, per MLB requirements, along with remodelled coaching and gamers spaces.
” We want the Yankees of tomorrow to enjoy every minute of being a Somerset Patriot today,” stated group co-chairman Jonathan Kalafer. “Our group has an unique meaning to everybody associated with the organization and the community. We understand that these ballpark enhancements will be a big part of helping make this seem like house for our gamers.”
The new health club will be in a brand-new structure built to consist of approximately 1,000 square feet of storage and maintenance space for field devices and materials. This will be among 2 brand-new buildings constructed on the TD Bank Ballpark site.
The other will be an approximate 4,300 square-foot multipurpose indoor space. This will include 2 brand-new, retractable batting tunnels permitting year-round training. It will be built parallel to the first base gate, extending somewhat into the red lot.
” As a household, and ballclub, we will take terrific pride in knowing that the efforts put forth will help develop and support these young males on their journey to the Big Leagues,” stated Somerset Patriots co-chairman Josh Kalafer. “We have actually had a lot of success in our history at seeing players go on to attain their dreams. Each of these upgrades are developed in some method to assist future Yankees get the most out of their time in Somerset.”
Inside the ballpark, the area of the present batting cage will be changed into brand-new spaces for different use. This consists of: a brand-new, dedicated female staff locker room, New york city Yankees video room, umpire’s locker space, a roving trainers locker room, a new grounds team office and additional storage space.
Other cosmetic modifications fans can expect for the 2021 season include: a refurbished home bullpen that will be moved off the playing surface area and into a part of the existing yard seating area with cover for the gamers, brand-new safety padding all around the interior walls and outfield walls of the ballpark, and new ballpark lighting as an initial step to make TD Bank Ballpark both more energy efficient and update the playing surface area for the group. The house and going to dugouts will likewise be refinished with brand-new benches, racks, and flooring.
New for 2021, TD Bank Ballpark will be equipped with a new multi-camera broadcast/in-game home entertainment system to improve the fan experience. This new broadcast system will supply an updated visual experience on the group’s existing scoreboard, consisting of instant replay.
” It’s been a really intriguing few months of looking at plans for the ballpark and what it will appear like in 2021 and beyond,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We have terrific leadership in the Kalafer family that want to purchase the long-term success of our team and ballpark for the fans, players, partners, and our community. To state it is an exciting time around here would be an understatement.”
Phase 2 of ballpark remodellings will continue in the fall. These will likely include visitor clubhouse upgrades, a moving of the group’s executive office, and possible more scoreboard upgrades.