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Suns buy 800 new seats for grandstand section

Team is investing more than $100,000 to upgrade seating at Municipal Stadium

December 16, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Some Hagerstown Suns fans might find watching baseball games at Municipal Stadium more comfortable next season.

The team has purchased 800 new seats with backs for the grandstand section behind home plate, General Manager Bill Farley said.

"Fans can lean back and enjoy the game," he said. "There'll be a place to rest your arms — but no cup-holders, we are looking into adding those later — and more leg room."

Farley said the used seats were purchased from the Wolf Trap outdoor entertainment facility in Virginia but are in great condition.  

The team is investing more than $100,000 to upgrade the seating at Municipal Stadium, he said.

"Our owners thought it was vital to the fan experience," Farley said. "It should also be a big upgrade in value for our seats."

The stadium will seat about 400 fewer fans after the current bench seats are replaced with the individual seats, Farley said.

Previously, the grandstand section could accommodate about 1,200 fans, but to make more leg room for fans, the ownership had to sacrifice 400 seats, he said.

The blue, bench seat covers that were in the grandstand section will be moved to the general admission bleachers, Farley said.

The city owns the stadium and is leases it to the Suns.

Farley said the Suns are working now to get building permits for installing the seats.

George Harriott of Harriott Contracting LLC in Columbia, Md., will install the seats after the first of the year, he said.

 Harriott Contracting worked on seating at Washington Nationals' stadium, Farley said.  The Suns are the Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.  

Despite the stadium upgrades, admission will not go up for the 2011 season, he said.

The Hagerstown Suns take the field again on April 15, 2011 for their first home game of the season, he said.

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