With the Kokomo Jackrabbits (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) 2019 season approaching, Kokomo Municipal Stadium is being upgraded to receive several new features.
Work is taking place to add some new amenities around Kokomo Municipal Stadium, including the installation of new canopies that will provide additional shade for fans in various areas around the ballpark. In addition, a new scoreboard is being added below the press box, while Kokomo Municipal Stadium is also receiving audio system upgrades and other improvements, with the Jackrabbits also planning to revamp the ballpark’s concession options.
Construction crews were working around the ballpark last week to install the canopies, and all upgrades are slated to be in place for the 2019 season. More from the Kokomo Tribune:
Kokomo city engineer Carey Stranahan said the new and extended canopies will “provide some shade and protection from the weather for people who want to sit there.”
Other major improvements include a second scoreboard installed below the press box at home plate that will allow fans in the outfield to more easily see the score. The stadium is also getting more speakers and audio equipment in the outfield and entrance area.
The final part of the upgrade includes enclosing an area under the third-base that will improve the batting cages for the players, Stranahan said.
In total, the improvements cost $450,000 and mark the biggest upgrade to the $9-million stadium since it opened in 2015.
There has been considerable change for the Jackrabbits since the 2018 season concluded, as the club switched from the summer-collegiate Prospect League to the Northwoods League and unveiled updated branding (the new logo is pictured above). The team plays its home opener on May 30.
Notably, Kokomo Municipal Stadium will also be pressed into service as a temporary home for the Milwaukee Milkmen (independent; American Association) this season while they await the completion of the brand-new Routine Field in suburban Franklin, WI. With the ballpark’s opening pushed to June 24 because of construction delays, the Milkmen will head to Indiana to play their first five home series at Kokomo Municipal Stadium (both the Milkmen and Jackrabbits are owned by ROC Ventures).