Whitaker Bank Ballpark is being spruced up as the season approaches, as the Lexington Legends (Low A; Sally League) have invested more than $500,000 in ballpark upgrades.
From the fan’s point of view, there are several aspects that the enhancements have addressed. The most notable will be seen down the right field line, where the Legends are constructing a 2,000 square foot deck known as the Bullpen Patio. The Bullpen Patio will be accessible for all fans, and will feature bar service.
Another upgrade will be immediately noticed upon entering the ballpark. The Legends have widened the entry plaza to improve access to concessions and seating.
“Our fans will notice the upgrades immediately as they enter the ballpark,” said Legends President and CEO Andy Shea. “The entry plaza is more fan-friendly, and as our fans walk around the ballpark in all directions, they will see various other cosmetic improvements to the concourse and concessions area. The Bullpen Patio along the right field line will be a beautiful addition, complete with a bar that is open to all of our fans for every game.”
There are also some major changes to report on the concessions and merchandise side. For the first time in team history, the Legends will operate their own food service, and are adding some signature items to the menu. The one that has been highlighted by the team is a fried bologna sandwich, which features Kentucky Proud bologna between halves of a glazed doughnut.
Merchandise will be available in the expanded team store, which has been renamed the Stache Shoppe. The store will be equipped with more browsing space to shop for Legends gear, or apparel from the parent club Kansas City Royals.
The Legends wanted to give our fans an improved experience to enjoy with their friends, families and associates,” Shea said. “There’s a keen focus on affordability, cleanliness and fun,” he added. “If our fans like what they see as much as our staff does, then we’ve accomplished our goal.”
Whitaker Bank Ballpark first opened in 2001, the Legends’ inaugural season. It always been regarded as one of the finer facilities in the South Atlantic League, and the upgrades should add to what has traditionally been a good fan experience.
Image courtesy of the Lexington Legends.