Jimmy John’s Field will receive new premium space in 2017, as table seating options are being added to the facility.
The ballpark is coming off its debut season, during which it received attention for hosting all three members of the upstart United Shore Professional Baseball League. For the coming year, Jimmy John’s Field will add a new element to the premium seating experience in the form of five half-moon Park View Diamond tables.
The addition has been included along the first base line. Each table will feature for four seats, and will be available for $20,000 annually over a five-season agreement.
League officials anticipate that the project will meet demand, and are not ruling out the possibility that more seating of this type is added down the road. More from Crain’s Detroit Business:
The new tables at the 1,900-seat stadium were installed in the offseason along the first base side, replacing a pair of drink rail areas along the second-story concourse.
Rochester sports entrepreneur Andy Appleby, who financed the $16 million stadium and league start-up cost, said there is demand for adding premium tables. They’re leased by companies, with some splitting the cost and sharing the game tickets. If the demand is greater that expected — premium seating information for 2017 is now being given to potential buyers — more tables could be added.
“There’s a possibility that we add an additional five on the other side this year or someday, but nothing definite in the plans,” he said.
The league’s website lists some of the features that come with the ticket package, including an exclusive batting practice for up to 20 people, inclusive ballpark fare and water/soft drinks with table service, access to the VIP club lounge, and more.
The USPBL has already announced plans to add a fourth team to Jimmy John’s Field for the 2017 season. The branding for that team, the Westside Wooly Mammoths, was released earlier this year.