Details have been released on forthcoming renovations to George M. Steinbrenner Field, the spring training home of the New York Yankees.
Prior to spring training 2017, Steinbrenner Field will be overhauled to include more modern amenities, with group areas being a major focus of the project. We have more details, and numerous renderings, on our sister site, Spring Training Online:
If you’ve been to Steinbrenner Field in recent years, you know that the Yankees spring training experience has been mixed: the ballpark, once one of the best in Florida, had been eclipsed by newer and renovated ballparks like Hammond Stadium and JetBlue Park. Fans were expected to stay nine innings in their seats, group spaces were limited at best, and the suites were old and dull.
The Steinbrenner Field renovations this offseason address these shortcomings, adding a slew of upscale amenities, including new loge boxes, cabanas (!), suite upgrades, a right-field beachside bar and more. Here’s a list of the upgrades from the Yankees.
The rendering above shows one example of the type of work that will take place. Set to be installed down the first and third base lines, The Bullpen Clubs will composes of two levels. Those with group tickets, loge seating, or club seat members will be granted access to the top tier. The bottom level, however, will feature a full bar that is open to all ticket holders.
The work at Steinbrenner Field is one of several interesting developments that will take place prior to the 2017 Grapefruit League season. In Lakeland, the Detroit Tigers will report to camp at a significantly overhauled Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, meanwhile, will open Palm Beach County’s brand new The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
In addition to serving as the Yankees spring training home, Steinbrenner Field also hosts regular season action for the Tampa Yankees (High A; Florida State League).
Renderings courtesy New York Yankees and Populous.