COOPERSTOWN – Doubleday Field is set to get some new improvements with the help of a $1 million state grant.
State Sen. James Seward announced Monday in Cooperstown that he helped secure a $1 million grant to help fund major improvements at Doubleday Field, which is a $5.8 million project. Renovation plans include:
- Reconstruction of the third base bleachers;
- Multi-purpose building behind the third base bleachers with office space, press box, and public space for event rental;
- Pedestrian friendly entrance from Main Street, potential relocation of the Sandlot Kid statue closer to the grandstand area;
- Museum space in the grandstand;
- Improvements to the field;
- ADA compatible accessibility improvements.
“Historic Doubleday Field is known worldwide and is a key piece of Cooperstown’s baseball tradition along with our region’s tourism economy,” Seward said in a news release. “This major renovation project will preserve the stadium’s historic character while adding amenities that will draw more fans and improve playing conditions. The $1 million state grant is an investment that I know will be a homerun for Cooperstown.”
Jeff Katz, president of Friends of Doubleday Field, says the renovation plans come just in time for the park’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2020.
“Senator Seward has consistently stepped up to the plate for Cooperstown, and this $1 million grant is another prime example," said Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh. "Doubleday Field is an important community and economic asset for our village and these upgrades are overdue. These funds, along with additional grants we are seeking, will allow us to move forward with this renovation project without sacrificing other budgetary needs.”