Top Menu

PNC Field renovation continues, but court battle for Yanks looms

New PNC Field

The renovation of PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Class AAA; International League), continues, even as the two counties that formerly owned the team prepare for a court battle over sale proceeds.

The framing on the new second deck is done, and concrete is being poured. The construction team is racing the calendar to get the basics done on the new second deck, which will contain suites, a press box and other group facilities; once winter sets in work will shift to indoor finishing work. The ballpark is set to open April 4, and construction managers say they’ll be ready to go.

This won’t affect ballpark construction, but it’s a court case worth noting: Luzerne County is moving ahead with its lawsuit against Lackawanna County, saying it is due half the proceeds of the sale of the SWB Yankees to the New York Yankees and Mandalay Baseball Properties for $14.6 million. Both counties contributed $1 million to buy the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, and Luzerne County says it is due half the proceeds of the sale. Lackawanna County has dedicated the proceeds of the sale to the PNC Field renovations and is countering with an argument that Luzerne County did nothing to pay for the team or ballpark upkeep over the years. New lawyers are involved, so we may see some more novel legal arguments.

RELATED STORIES: Trolley Frogs, Blast, Porcupines highlight potential new SWB Yankees names; SWB Yankees to dive right into 2013 seasonBoston Rob ready for Yankee challengesCrain new prez/GM of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre YankeesUpper deck of PNC Field coming down this weekNew SWB ballpark, new branding?SWB Yankees, Lackawanna County break ground on PNC Field renovationsConstruction begins on PNC Field renovationsSWB Yankees soldPNC Field renovations could begin FridayRenderings released for PNC Field renovationsDetails of SWB Yanks ballpark lease emergeSale, ballpark issues for SWB Yankees settledRose steps down as SWB Yankees presidentRochester puts out welcome mat for SWB YankeesSWB Yankees sale, PNC Field renovations still pendingCould SWB ballpark shift to downtown Scranton?SWB Yankees adopt Empire State moniker for 2012Sale still pending for SWB Yankees; could team depart?SWB Yankees to play as road team for 2012Could SWB Yankees stay in Scranton for 2012?Surprise player in SWB Yankees temporary home: NewarkDecision on SWB Yankees fate delayedOttawa out of running for SWB Yankees — but in line for affiliated ballNY Yankees making moves with minor-league teams; Corbett OKs SWB ballpark renovation fundsJudge: Lackawanna County entitled to keep ballpark profitsPNC Field funding on holdLuzerne County: SWB Yankees worth at least $25 millionLackawanna County issues RFQ for PNC Field renovationsDebate rages over SWB Yankees saleYanks, Mandalay agree to buy SWB Yankees, unveil ballpark renovationsCompromise on the way in SWB ballpark squabble?Rendell: Clock is ticking on new SWB ballpark financingCounties continue spat; SWB Yankees likely to be sold this weekLackawanna County: In a ballpark bind and madSquabbling could derail new SWB Yankees ballparkPols: Let’s not fix up PNC Field — or sell team to Mandalay, either


Share your news with the baseball community. Send it to us at

Are you a subscriber to the weekly Ballpark Digest newsletter? You can sign up for a free subscription at the Newsletter Signup Page.

Join Ballpark Digest on Facebook and on Twitter!

Follow Ballpark Digest on Google + and add us to your circles!

, , , , , , , ,