The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) are pitching renovations to Security Service Field that would add six suites to the ballpark’s upper level, alter the grandstand’s front entrance and add a new visitors clubhouse.
The biggest part of the upgrades: adding six new suites down first-base line to the right-field corner, hooking up with an existing terrace and adding a 300-person party deck. This would enclose the first-base side of the ballpark.
Another major change: tearing out the press box behind home plate and moving it to the suite level. This would allow an opening for fans to enter the ballpark right behind home plate. We’ve seen teams do this recently: The Minnesota Twins tore out some seating at Hammond Stadium in the most recent round of renovations to allow such an entry to the ballpark, creating a “wow” moment for fans.
Also on the table for renovations: the existing concessions would be torn out and replaced by newer equipment, augmented by a new indoor store with food and more.
Finally, the team wants to see a new visitors clubhouse built down the left field line, topped with another 300-person party deck.
There is one theme to all these changes: the Sky Sox are following the trend of adding open party spots to the ballpark. Today’s fan doesn’t spend all nine innings sitting in the same seat; most like to get up, hit the concessions and perhaps meet up with friends elsewhere in the ballpark. Party deck are also a great way to boost group sales.
These are now just concepts; the team hasn’t prepared plans or specific pricing. We’re talking 2017 at the earliest.