ONEONTA - Some big changes are coming to historic Damaschke Field.
Demolition has begun on the main grandstand seating area as part of a multi-phase renovation project happening at the stadium. The first phase is the demolition of the box seating area.
The field has a rich history - even the legendary Babe Ruth played there. It is currently the home of the Oneonta Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Outlaws owner Gary Laing says he's very excited about the field’s future.
“This is very exciting. This is great for Oneonta, and having this as a multi-use facility is very important,” said Laing Monday morning.
“There are many phases that we have to go through. We're starting off by taking down the box seats along the third and first base sides, and that will be the first phase - with new net going up 40 feet.”
Renovations are expected to be complete by the year 2021. Funding for the project comes from a $1 million state grant secured by Sen. James Seward.