Mercy Field at Lewis & Clark Park is receiving a series of improvements that are expected to complete in time for the Sioux City Explorers (independent; American Association) 2017 season.
The Explorers and Sioux City have been mapping out continual improvements to the facility. To fund future upgrades, naming rights to the field at Lewis & Clark Park were sold to Mercy Medical Center earlier this year. Initial results of this plan were delivered prior to the 2016 season, when the facility received a new videoboard. It was known at the time that more renovations could be on the way.
The Explorers and Sioux are now detailing the work that will take place before the 2017 season, which will address fan, media, and player amenities. More from Siouxlandmatters.com:
The City of Sioux City is financing the project which includes renovating the press box, both clubhouses, the outfield fencing, and all four suites.
“I think it’s going to be great for the fans. I mean everything from the suite side of things to the outfield wall, I think it’s going to add some excitement to the games. You’ve got a 10-foot wall originally going down to an eight-foot wall, you’re going to have some home runs at the ballpark for the fans. We’re going to have some more exciting catches so the outfielders can rob a homerun potentially. So I think it’s going to add a lot of excitement to the ballpark and I’m just excited about the changes that are coming for our 25th anniversary,” says Shane Tritz, Vice President and General Manager.
Mercy Field at Lewis & Clark Park first opening coincided with the arrival of the Explorers in 1993.