Major upgrades have been completed at Franklin Rogers Park, which will feature some new amenities during the Mankato MoonDogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) season.
Leading up to the 2018 season, Franklin Rogers Park underwent a nearly $4 million overhaul. There were multiple components to the project, including changes to player facilities, with an artificial turf playing surface, new clubhouses, and new dugouts among the highlights.
Along with those changes, Franklin Rogers Park is unveiling some upgrades to the fan experience. Those include new concessions and restroom facilities, a scoreboard, and a videoboard. Seating areas were also a major focal point of the renovation, as the ballpark now features several new areas that could be sought-after by fans this season. More from the Mankato Free Press:
A new Dog Pound has been built on the left-field side of the field that holds up to 400 people and adjacent, will be some additional bleacher seating. The Dog Pound is an area where spectators can pay an additional fee to enjoy beverages and unlimited food during the game.
The roof of the home dugout on the first-base side will feature the Dugout Club hospitality area. That’s a space featuring a table and four chairs that can be rented for the entire season. The area will have its own grill and a private waitstaff that offers beverages and unlimited food.
Further down the right-field line will be a berm that curves all the way around the outfield fence where families can set up a blanket and simply stand to watch a game the old-fashioned way.
“There’s going to be all kinds of ways to take in a game this year,” [MoonDogs general manager Austin] Link said. “The vantage points are pretty good no matter where you sit or stand.”
The MoonDogs will host their 2018 home opener on Tuesday night, when they welcome the visiting Duluth Huskies.