On Tuesday, consultants from Jones Petrie Rafinski presented a report to village trustees that detailed potential renovations to Boomers Stadium. The report outlined upgrades in three stages, with the changes made in an effort to spruce up some areas in the ballpark.
Though the report found no immediate safety issues with Boomers Stadium, it did recommend repairs to areas such as hand rails, protective netting, and steps. In addition, the renovations could lead to improved fan amenities–including an expanded team store, the removal of existing seats in favor of tables and terraces, and renovations to suites and the left field party deck.
More discussion on the ballpark is expected to take place, but the Boomers could be asked to contribute a share for the cost of upgrades. More from The Daily Herald:
One concern voiced by village Trustee George Dunham was that despite the Boomers’ first-place record (55 wins, 24 losses) and the fact that they lead their league in attendance, the stadium — which has capacity for 7,365 fans with 5,665 fixed seats — is usually only half full. The Boomers average 3,600 fans and the league average is 2,400 fans.
Dunham and other trustees said they would like to see a marketing plan from the Boomers regarding how they would take advantage of the proposed upgrades.
“My greatest concern is signing up to spend a lot of money without seeing a marketing plan,” Dunham said.
While the cost of most of the upgrades would be the joint responsibility of the park district and village, the Boomers would be asked to chip in for upgrades that directly benefit them such as the expansion of the team store, Dunham said.
Boomers Stadium originally opened in 1999.