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Corbett OKs SWB ballpark renovation funds


The renovation of PNC Field, the home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Class AAA; International League), will proceed adter Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released state funds originally earmarked for the project.

The ballpark will be completely made over, with only the field and the clubhouses left after a two-year construction project. The upper deck will go away completely and be replaced by a wraparound concourse, and a new suite level will be added.

The funding for the project was originally approved last year by former Gov. Ed Rendell, but the grant was placed on hold by Corbett after he took office at the beginning of the year. The total cost of the project is expected to be around $40 million: the state grant will cover half of the cost and much of the other half will be covered by the sale of the SWB Yankees to the New York Yankees and Mandalay Baseball Properties.

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