Millions in NYSEG Stadium Upgrades Earmarked for 2019 Season
Elected officials along with Binghamton Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes announced this (Monday) afternoon that $5.1 million in NYSEG Stadium upgrades are set to be implemented in time for the 2019 Eastern League season. New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, Senator Fred Akshar and City of Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David joined Rumble Ponies' President John Hughes to make the official announcement. Information from the Rumble Ponies office states that $2.5 million will come from state funds, $2.5 million will come from the City of Binghamton and team ownership will contribute an additional $100,000. Targeted for renovations and improvements are:
New seats with cup holders
Maintenance of the stadium's structural steel and concrete plus waterproofing treatment to prevent future deterioration.
The installation of new sod and drainage systems on the field
The installation of a new high-definition video board
Sound system improvements featuring new speakers
The renovation of the Rumble Ponies' home clubhouse
Replacement of home plate and field level fencing and netting
Along with stadium upgrades it was announced that the New York Mets
and Rumble Ponies are extending their player development contract through the 2022 season. In addition the Rumble Ponies ownership is exercising its final five-year option and will extend its lease at NYSEG Stadium through the 2026 season. The Rumble Ponies play their home opener at NYSEG Stadium on April 11, 2019 versus Erie.