The home of the Bluefield Blue Jays (rookie; Appalachian League) has a modified name, as it is now known as Bowen Field at Peters Park. The addition of Peters Park to the ballpark’s name was announced during a ceremony on Thursday.
In planning the future of baseball in Bluefield, the Blue Jays and the Bluefield Baseball Club have sought to ensure that Bowen Field remains a viable venue for the Appalachian League, a circuit that has seen improvements at several of its ballparks in recent years. Recent upgrades at Bowen Field have focused on player amenities, such as the field and clubhouses, and more work is set to take place.
Charles and Dafney Peters helped finance many of the ongoing changes to the ballpark, making them a fitting choice to be honored by the Blue Jays. During an event at Bowen Field on Thursday, the organization recognized the Peters’ contributions by announcing that their name will be added to the facility. More from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
“We’re playing baseball at Bowen Field at Peters Park from now on,” said master of ceremonies David Kersey, a member of the board of the Bluefield Baseball Club which operates the city-owned facility. Kersey said the city had endorsed the addition to the name.
Charles and Dafney Peters provided funding for major renovations that have been going on this spring at the field. Attendees on Thursday could look out of the windows of the meeting room and see the new Northern Latitude Bermuda grass covering the infield, its roots soaking in nutrients during yet another spring rainstorm.
Less visible, but already open for inspection on Thursday, were the renovations to the home and visiting clubhouses and to the batting shell building. The first stages of expansion of the office and ticket booth began just this week.
In addition to the change of the ballpark’s name, the Blue Jays plan to honor the Peters by dedicating a plaque inside the facility that notes their contributions.