The Harrisburg Senators (Class AA; Eastern League) will partner with the City of Harrisburg on upgrades on City Island, with plans potentially revealed later this spring.
The Senators play their home games at FNB Field, which is located on Harrisburg’s City Island. For years a batting cage and an arcade have been among the amenities surrounding the ballpark, but the operator of those attractions announced recently via social media that both have closed.
It appears, however, that the city and the Senators will announce new plans for those spaces. Harrisburg mayor Eric Papenfuse indicated that the batting cages will be replaced while the arcade structure is reused, but added that specifics on the upgrades will likely not be announced until later this spring. The announcement will be made in partnership with the Senators when the time comes, though the team is also not offering any specifics for now. More from PennLive:
“The city has plans to replace the current batting cages and reuse the arcade structure,” Papenfuse said. “We will be announcing these plans later this spring in partnership with the Senators.”
The plans will be an improvement on what has been has been there, he said. The permit for operating the arcades and batting cages expired and was not renewed, Papenfuse said. The city owns the cages and arcade.
“I am very excited about the future plans we will be announcing for both the batting cages and the arcade,” Papenfuse said. “We have been working with the Senators on this for over a year.”…
Kevin Kulp, president of the Senators, said the organization is working with the city to “get something done, but don’t have final plans of what or where it will be located.”
Though City Island has a much longer history with baseball, the current FNB Field dates to the Senators’ inaugural season in 1987. It appears much different today than it did in its original form, however, as an extensive renovation was completed in 2010 and added a new outfield boardwalk, upgraded seating, and more.