New Renderings of UPMC Park Renovations Unveiled
With just more than 40 days until opening day for the Erie SeaWolves, new renderings of upcoming renovations to UPMC Park were revealed Thursday.
The $12 million renovations will go towards a new team store, offices and other fan-centric improvements.
The funding, which was announced in August 2018, is being provided through the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant program. $3 million is being awarded each year for the next four years.
The project includes a new structure that will be integrated into the ballpark and arena. Plans also call for a new scoreboard with video displays and a group party deck. Existing ballpark concession and commissary areas, restrooms and corporate suites will be renovated. The streetscaping, promenades and main entrance gate will also be upgraded.
The work is slated to begin this summer.
While the main renovations will not be ready until next season, the Convention Center Authority said everything is on schedule.
"We were very heartened by the fact that we met all the program needs within the budget available," said Casey Wells, executive director of Erie Events. "Everything is on plan. This is schematic design. We still have additional design development to get underway, but so far, so good."
The project is expected to be completed by May 2020.
The renovations also include the new field, which was completed in the fall.
The SeaWolves will open the season on the new diamond at home April 5 against Trenton.