The Elmira Pioneers are on deck. Baseball season is just a few months away, and the team's ownership is taking a swing at stadium renovations. The Pioneers announced its coaching staff for the 2012 season Monday, and with the new staff comes a new era at Dunn Field. Our Lara Greenberg tells us what's being done to make this season a homerun.
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- It's been a while since fans have filled the seats at Dunn Field. But this year, the Elmira Pioneers' new owner Donald Lewis is looking to change that.
"Everything we want fresh and redone, just something that the city can be proud of."
The plan is to renovate the entire stadium before the Pioneers' home opener on June 8th.
Renovations will cost about $40,000 and will go toward improved bathroom, locker rooms and new dirt on the field."
"That'll be a huge upgrade for our players when they come to play ball this summer," said Lewis.
They're also redoing the seating and painting the stadium. Plans are in place to add a beer garden and kids zone. Lewis said he wants to make Dunn Field a local attraction for families.
"They can bring friends and family here that are visiting from out of town. And with the way gas prices are, it'll be family affordable entertainment," said Lewis.
Lewis expects to host 35 baseball and non-baseball events at the stadium this summer. And he hopes that will be enough to knock summer 2012 out of the park.
Funding for the renovations comes from the City of Elmira, sponsors, and sales from season tickets.