PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The West Michigan Whitecaps introduced a multi-year modernization project for LMCU Ballpark.
In a Thursday information convention, the Whitecaps introduced that the ballpark, which opened in 1994, will endure a two-phase building project beginning within the spring of 2023.
“Together now we have constructed one of the crucial dynamic and profitable minor league sports activities franchises within the nation. I do that day-after-day and typically you lose sight of really how particular the Whitecaps are while you examine us to all the opposite groups on the market. Because of that, this project is extra than simply baseball. It’s about making certain our franchise is able to meet the wants of this group for a long time to return,” West Michigan Whitecaps CEO Joe Chamberlin mentioned.
Phase 1 of the project will concentrate on player-facing enhancements to fulfill Major League Baseball’s facility normal necessities. It consists of house and customer clubhouse enhancements, and the taking part in floor might be changed, in accordance with Whitecaps’ web site.
The third-base facet guests’ clubhouse might be rebuilt completely and turn out to be the house clubhouse. Both clubhouses will embrace bigger weight rooms and coaching amenities. In addition, the house clubhouse will characteristic a state-of-the-art batting tunnel.
Phase 1 will even embrace a brand new suite-level membership house that can host 200 friends and expanded and upgraded group terraces on the first-base and third-base garden areas.
During this building part, the third-base barbeque space might be closed for the upcoming season.
Phase 1 is predicted to be accomplished earlier than the Whitecaps’ 2024 season, in accordance with the workforce.
Phase 2 building initiatives will begin in 2025 and past. These future initiatives will embrace a brand new stadium entrance, beautification of the ballpark grounds, new retail house and ticket workplace, a 360-degree concourse, and a 400-seat middle area hospitality membership and particular occasions middle, in accordance with the Whitecaps.
According to the Whitecaps, the ballpark is without doubt one of the few Minor League stadiums that’s privately financed, which implies the modernization project will “depend on vital personal funding together with focused public assist.”
More particulars in regards to the Whitecaps modernization project may be discovered on-line.
The house opener sport for the 2023 season might be on Thursday, April 6 in opposition to the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Currently, group tickets and multi-game plans can be found accessible on-line. Individual tickets might be accessible for buy within the spring.