BURLINGTON, VT --- With the security of a long term lease that was signed with the University of Vermont in April, the Vermont Lake Monsters have been busy upgrading the facility and ballpark to help alleviate several major concerns of Major League Baseball about historic Centennial Field, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics announced today.
The biggest difference that Lake Monsters fans will see at Centennial is a brand new 27-foot by 16-foot video board and new scoreboard in left field provided by Total Sports Entertainment out of LaCrosse, WI. The video board will give all fans a new game experience with the chance to get up close-and-personal with Lake Monster players through live video, headshots, player information, commercials, in between inning promotions and fan interaction.
Along with the video board, other upgrades to Centennial include:
* Each of the eight light towers taken down and replaced by new light towers with new wiring, fixtures and energy efficient lights as part of "Musco Green" technology.
* Visiting teams have a new clubhouse (located underneath the scoreboard) including a coaches office, training room and locker space for all players.
* During the spring of 2011, the Lake Monsters clubhouse in the LaPointe Fieldhouse was renovated with a new lockers, training room, coaches offices and a players lounge.
* Following the 2011 season, the Centennial infield underwent a total renovation including regrading and resurfacing.
In all, the Lake Monsters have spent roughly $1,000,000 in upgrades and renovations to Centennial Field over the past year.
The Lake Monsters would like to acknowledge that none of the improvements or renovations to Centennial Field would have been possible without the help of LSI Industries Inc., Twin State Signs, Melody Electric, Musco Lighting, Delta Electric, Burlington Electric, Lakewind Construction, SportsTurf Enterprises, the State of Vermont, the University of Vermont and the Centennial Field neighbors.
The 2012 Lake Monsters season opens this Monday, June 18th against the Tri-City ValleyCats at Centennial Field beginning at 7:05 pm.
Paul Stanfield is the Media Relations Director for the Vermont Lake Monsters
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.