City officials are planning to install a new pavilion at Joliet Route 66 Stadium, home of the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League).
The pavilion would be constructed in left field, occupying what is currently a concrete slab with picnic tables. According to an update given earlier this month, the pavilion would be designed to be similar to structures used in other city facilities.
While it would provide the ballpark with a new amenity, the pavilion is also intended to be used on non-gamedays and even in the offseason. More from Bugle Newspapers:
“We are working in conjunction with the park district, and the park district obviously puts these up all the time,” [Public Assets Manager Mike] Eulitz said. “We have entered into a partnership with them.”
The city will build the pavilion themselves, saving on labor costs. The structure is expected to be about 30 feet by 60 feet.
The city has received two quotes and is seeking a third.
The pavilion would provide some flexibility for the park, allowing larger events even outside of baseball season.
Joliet Route 66 Stadium has received several other upgrades of late, including the installation of a new artificial turf surface. The turf surface was installed in time for the 2018 season, and is expected to allow the ballpark to host more events.