Plans are taking shape for upgrades at NBT Bank Stadium that could be completed for the 2020 season, part of a multi-year renovation of the Syracuse Mets (Class AAA; International League) home.
In July, Onondaga County officials approved a 25-year lease extension with the Mets and $25 million in future renovations to NBT Bank Stadium. The approval came after the county and New York Mets, owner and parent club of the Syracuse Mets, mapped out long-term plans that include a ballpark lease extension through 2043, along with the $25 million renovation project.
It is expected that some renovation work will take place this offseason, with the overall project potentially completed in time for the 2021 season. County officials are divlging some details on the upgrades that are in the works for 2020, including a replacement of seats throughout the ballpark and an exterior paint job that is expected to reflect the Mets’ color scheme. More from Syracuse.com:
Syracuse general manager Jason Smorol refused to discuss any specifics of the project. But Justin Sayles, spokesperson for County Executive Ryan McMahon, provided the following details when asked what’s likely to be just about done or completely finished in time for Syracuse’s home opener April 17:…
All of the stadium’s seats will be replaced, and the current capacity of just over 11,000 is expected to be reduced by about 2,000. The new seats will be larger and feature molded armrests and cup holders.
Seats in some sections will be angled to improve the view. Some regular seats will be replaced by cafe-style seating.
Most, of not all, exterior painting is slated to be done by opening day. This includes the exposed structural steel. The new colors will be in line with the New York Mets’ scheme, naturally, so expect a lot of orange and blue.
In addition, upgrades to the field lighting are also expected over the offseason. NBT Bank Stadium upgrades would come on the heels of a successful year for the Mets, who saw an 18% increase in per-game average attendance this season. The 2019 season was the franchise’s first as a New York Mets affiliate, and the first under the Syracuse Mets name after rebranding from the Syracuse Chiefs moniker.
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