MOOSIC – Even with the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy throughout the region, and the change in temperatures that followed, there is plenty of good news coming from PNC Field.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball team – soon to have a new name – showed off the progress being made at its renovated stadium Thursday.
At this point, work at the facility is right on schedule.
On time, on schedule, on budget, SWB President Rob Crain said. Life's good.
The stadium is set for an April 4 debut, when the club hosts the Pawtucket Red Sox. The team will announce a new name Nov. 14 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City.
The redone facility will hold 10,000 fans, with 7,500 permanent standard seats. There will also be themed bar and a picnic porch. A concourse approximately 25-30 feet in width stands above the main seating area, and the specialty seating and lawn areas are set for the outfield.
There will also be an LED wall along the right field fence and a big scoreboard in left, where a bridge will allow fans to overlook the bullpens. A 3,800-square foot playground will be beyond the outfield wall as well.
Kids can go on that bridge and heckle the visiting pitchers, Crain joked.
Above the main seating area, the club level has 14 boxes available to the public (nearly all have been sold), as well as table areas (the Club 4Topps Tables packages are sold out) and a main club area.
The club area will be used 365 days a year, Crain said. There can be Christmas parties, proms and fantasy football drafts here.
Work on the superstructure is all but done and crews are focusing on installing permanent walls and windows.
A glass-enclosed club level is one of the new features of the park. Plastic sheeting is in place now where large windows or doors will be later so that work can be completed with portable heaters as needed.
Everything will be enclosed so that they can continue their work in the winter, Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O'Malley said. This is where they needed to be at this point.
The team also announced Thursday that its total ticket package sales have already exceeded total package sales for the entire 2011 season.
We're at almost half our 2011 attendance now, said Crain, putting package sales at approximately 2,300 tickets per game.
Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O'Malley was part of the tour of PNC Field on Thursday. At one point, he was talking about the team and began to call it by a name. But the words that escaped his mouth were, the Lackawanna … before he stopped. He laughed it off and referred to the team in generic terms after that. SWB President Rob Crain would not offer any clues to the team's new identity, but indicated that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will remain in the moniker.