COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown has been awarded a grant of up to $3 million to renovate Doubleday Field.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office issues a press release Thursday announcing the grant. Cuomo says the money will go toward modernizing and preserving the historic stadium, which will “ensure Doubleday Field's long-term future as a staple of the local economy and the game of baseball.”
"Doubleday Field is a national treasure, and this project will bring the stadium into the 21st century while ensuring it stands strong in Cooperstown for generations to come," said Cuomo in a written statement. "We're seeing incredible growth in the tourism industry and, with these renovations, the new upgraded Doubleday Field will host more events, attract more visitors, and generate an even greater economic impact for the Mohawk Valley."
Doubleday Field opened in 1920 and has expanded over the years to seat nearly 10,000 fans. It is owned and operated by the Village of Cooperstown. The stadium is located in the heart of the village, just blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Cuomo’s office says the stadium hosts more than 300 baseball games per year, but the current amenities prevent it from hosting college and national tournaments.
"The Village of Cooperstown is an economic engine for the Mohawk Valley and this support from Governor Cuomo will benefit our entire region. As we welcome thousands of visitors to our community this weekend, we are thrilled to receive this award for improvements to our historic and iconic Doubleday Field. It will enable us to begin the necessary upgrades, which, without assistance, could not have been undertaken by our small Village," said Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh.
Improvements to Doubleday Field will include replacing bleachers, improving pedestrian and disability access, repairing the field, and adding green space. The total cost is approximately $5.8 million.