Deteriorating conditions are causing Dutchess County officials to ask for a million dollars in repairs to Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades (short season A; NY-Penn League).
County Executive Marc Molinaro is asking the state to bond $1.01 million in improvements to the ballpark. From the Daily Freeman:
Molinaro said there is currently insufficient power to operate concession operations and non-baseball activities that sometimes take a significant power draw.
Additionally, he said, a water pipe burst inside the stadium and last week there was a break that caused damage in one of the utility rooms.
The playing field needs to be replaced, he said, because the original drainage was insufficient to drain water from the field. Over time, he said, the additional rain and runoff have caused significant ponding and the severe deterioration of the field.
Most of this stuff is fairly routine for a ballpark built in 1994; it's also fairly routine for a ballpark built rather quickly: from beginning to end the process took only 71 days.
If approved by the state, the repairs could be completed in time for the team's season opener on June 17.
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