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PNC Field earns best ballpark honors

Posted November 21, 2013

November 20. 2013 8:51PM The Times Leader staff More Story Tools PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR Send to Kindle Font size: After Scranton/Wilkes-Barre didn’t play a game at PNC Field during the 2012 season, the team returned to the stadium in 2013. And the renovated home for the the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders earned Best Ballpark honors from Ballpark Digest. “What a tremendous honor,” RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain said in a press release. “So many people made this dream a reality and on behalf of everyone that was involved and our fans here in Northeast Pennsylvania, sincere thanks to Kevin Reichard and Ballpark Digest. We believed the reconstructed PNC Field ranked among the best in baseball. This award cements that status.” The $43.3 million renovations and the decision to stay in the area paid off as the RailRiders attracted 435,839 fans to the field during the 2013 season, which is the best year since the franchise first moved to Moosic in 2008. “The easy path would have been to bulldoze PNC Field and build somewhere else,” Kevin Reichard, publisher of Ballpark Digest said. “The PNC Field site is one of the most scenic – and challenging – in all of baseball. Keeping the ballpark in its present spot and reusing what was appropriate is a welcome trend in architecture, and PNC Field is a prime example of building new on top of the old in a cost-effective manner.” The plan set out by Philadelphia firm EwingCole and constructed by Alvin H. Butz, Inc. consisted of taking down the second deck, putting in a 360-degree concourse, installing new comfortable seating and adding group spaces to oufield areas among other renovations. Accomplishing the construction at an efficient price while only keeping the team away for just one season earned the field the award. “We are delighted for PNC Field to have received this recognition,” said Mandalay Baseball CEO Art Martin. “We are extremely excited about what the new ballpark and the team mean to the community of Northeast Pennsylvania and appreciate the collaborative efforts of everyone who helped turn this dream into a reality for the great baseball fans across this region.”