Though the Williamsport Crosscutters (short season A; NY-Penn League) aren’t opposed to using Bowman Field as a pro-hockey venue, management is raising concerns about the potential effects to the ballpark.
The plan, set to be approved tonight by the City Council, calls for an ice rink to be set up on the Bowman Field turf and leased to the Williamsport Outlaws of the Federal Hockey League, whose season starts in late October. A local company has already agreed to pay for the rink; the Outlaws will pay $15,000 in rent and the city will find $225,000 to weatherize the WPA-era ballpark.
While not oppposing the deal, Crosscutters management is raising concerns about the plan: they want assurances that the playing field will be in pristine shape and the ballpark in working order when the NY-Penn League season starts in June 2013. Not an unreasonable concern, but one that the city council and Outlaws ownership will need to address tonight.
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