Spending $3.5 million on Calfee Park upgrades before the 2015 season worked so well for the Pulaski Yankees (rookie; Appalachian League) owners that they are spending $500,000 more on the ballpark for the 2016 season.
Last season was a great one for the new Pulaski Yankees owners: attendance more than doubled and the team paced the Appy League. That level of success is leading to more improvements this offseason, including the installation of new seating, new suites and additional parking, per the Southwest Times:
Addressing the comfort of fans, new seating has been added to many different sections of the park. The bleachers along the third base line in the canopied grandstand have been removed and will be replaced with approximately 700 general admission stadium seats. These seats will not only match the uniformity of existing seating in the park, they will also add to the comfort for fans sitting in general admission. Below these new GA seats are 10 brand new box suites, each including eight to 10 upholstered seats with thick foam padding. In addition to the 10 new suites, the existing 21 box suites will also receive upgraded stadium seats with upholstery and foam padding, along with updated patio furniture.
A variety of seating options will be more convenient for handicapped fans that are ADA compliant. These fans will be able to purchase tickets based on their preference for seating at Calfee Park. ADA seats for general admission and reserved sections can be purchased as season tickets or day of game tickets, based on availability. In addition, wheelchair-only accessible sections, available as a season ticket, will be more abundant in 2016….
One of the biggest takeaways from the improvements of Calfee Park has been from the economic impact that has emerged within Pulaski. In addition to new jobs, businesses and recent planning in this area, Calfee Park has proved to be an area of commerce for outside businesses to advertise, socialize and invest in Pulaski.
It’s been fun to see Appalachian League teams modernize operations and start to stress the fan experience; it’s no coincidence the Yankees, Greenville Astros and Burlington Royals all saw strong attendance boosts in 2015.