Renovations to Doubleday Field in Cooperstown continues under essential status

Due to structural safety reasons, construction on the historic ballpark was deemed essential and has remained in progress through coronavirus crisis.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 12:19 AM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Renovations on historic Doubleday Field are continuing on schedule after the project was deemed essential during the coronavirus crisis.

Portions of the $5.8 million dollar state-granted renovations, such as the new pedestrian entrance, walkway and improvements to the parking lot were said to need completion without disruptions due to structural safety reasons.

Work on the 1939 grandstand section was halted for a couple of weeks while the village awaited confirmation on essential status, but has since resumed and is still progressing relatively on track with the original timeline.

The ground beneath the third base building will also be reinforced to provide a more solid foundation for the renovated bleachers there, but that will take place following the phases mentioned above.

Village officials say the essential status of the undertaking is allowing for the popular site to remain a safe destination for years to come.

"We have ensured that the appearance of this historic landmark will be secure for many generations of baseball fans to visit," said Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh.

According to Mayor Tillapaugh, work on the pedestrian entrance and grandstand is projected to be complete by mid-to-late May with the third base bleachers to follow.

Despite potential delays, the goal is to have the renovations largely complete by the scheduled Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend in July, which at the moment is still happening.

"Traditionally on Hall of Fame induction weekend the awards ceremony takes place at Doubleday Field," said Mayor Tillapaugh. "People are seated in the grandstand and bleachers, etc. That may have to be changed this year, we do not know, but traditionally Doubleday Field is a big part of that weekend."

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