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Demolition ending on SWB ballpark; next up is construction

New PNC Field

The demoliton of the second level of PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Class AAA; International League), is drawing to a close, with framing for the new suites level set for August.

The ballpark is being fundamentally transformed this year: the old steep second deck is almost done, to be replaced by a more compact suite/press-box level. A wraparound concourse, new visitors clubhouse and other amenities are in the mix as well. The demolition filled 500 truckloads with concrete and 3,000 tons of recycled steel.

Next month will see the beginning of the new suite level, starting with new framing. So far things are on schedule.

“We’re trying to get everything done before the winter weather comes,” project superintendent John Baer told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. “Right now, this is a part we don’t expect to stop for weather. Some processes are temperature sensitivity. And hopefully by the grace of God we have a good winter that we had last year.”

The renovated ballpark is expected to debut for the 2013 season, along with a new team name.

Image courtesy of Lackawanna County and Ewing Cole.

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