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Akron to look at ballpark upgrades to keep Aeros in town

Canal Park, Akron Aeros

Akron officials are looking at upgrades to Canal Park to keep the Akron Aeros (Class AA; Eastern League) in town after the team’s lease expires in five years.

The upcoming sale of the team apparently has unsettled officials; though the team was not a candidate to move to Ottawa in 2014, there was enough ill-informed gossip floating around town to cause some consternation in City Hall. With the team’s lease expiring in five years, Mayor Don Plusquellic is taking a proactive approach to keeping the Aeros in town:

“It’s a concern of the new owner that the stadium needs improvements,” Plusquellic said during a council meeting.

At 15 years old, Canal Park is new enough where it is a good example of a modern ballpark, yet old enough that new ballpark technology could be applied. It’s a large ballpark — seating 9,907 — and some of seating could be converted to group and play areas. No word yet on what sort of improvements could be done and how much it would cost; we expect incoming owner Ken Babby to address these issues once he takes control of the team.

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