WILLIAMSPORT- BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, will receive a $600,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to fund renovations at the stadium, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
Most recently, the stadium played host to two Major League Baseball (MLB) Little League Classic’s, a unique opportunity for LLB players across the world to see their favorite pro players. In 2017, the Pittsburgh Pirates challenged the St. Louis Cardinals and in 2018 the Philadelphia Phillies challenged the New York Mets.
The state investment will be used to purchase a new high-definition video board, and make a number of improvements that include new lighting, pole upgrades, storm water control measures, outfield fencing, netting, and renovation of the team’s clubhouses and picnic area. The funds will also be used to purchase new field maintenance equipment.
“This is great news for Williamsport and the region,” Sen. Yaw said. Last year, over 60,000 fans attended Crosscutter games, buying local items, eating locally, investing locally. This grant is a direct investment into our community. I congratulate the City and thank Governor Tom Wolf for his support of this grant.”
“I’m proud to support the continued renovations taking place at this iconic tourism destination,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This project will spur additional economic activity by improving the fan experience, making the ballpark a more viable facility for the future so that everyone can enjoy this family-friendly venue for years to come.”
“Senator Yaw and Governor Wolf have been strong advocates for making Bowman Field a quality venue for the last two MLB Little League Classic games and the Williamsport Crosscutters seasons,” said Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO, Little League International. “We thank them for their continued support and look forward to seeing the enhancements this grant will provide.”
Since 1925, Bowman Field has been one of baseball’s most distinguished landmarks and regarded as one of the most important sporting and social institutions in the North Central Pennsylvania region. Over the years, it has been the home field for area colleges, semi-pro teams and its current tenant, the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League. The team is affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The third MLB Little League Classic will be played on August 18, 2019 between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff