The Binghamton Rumble Ponies and local officials have announced a $5.1 million improvement plan at NYSEG Stadium for the 2019 season. The upgrades are in conjunction with Rumble Ponies ownership exercising its final five-year option and extending its lease at NYSEG Stadium through 2026, securing Double-A baseball in Binghamton for years to come.
The City and team ownership are currently negotiating a new long-term lease for NYSEG Stadium that would begin after the 2026 season.
In addition, the New York Mets and Rumble Ponies are extending their player development contract through the 2022 season.
The upgrades will address critical stadium infrastructure, enhance the overall fan experience and provide a top-notch environment for the New York Mets prospects that play in Binghamton. The plan includes: New seats, turf replacement, new video boards, a new sound system, renovated home clubhouse, new fencing and netting, maintenance to structural steel, concrete repairs and waterproofing measures. An energy efficient HVAC equipment will replace the stadium’s original system.
The project is funded from $2.5 million in state funds secured by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Senator Fred Akshar through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. The City of Binghamton will contribute $2.5 million to match the state grant award. NYSEG Stadium has been a city-owned facility since its construction in 1992. Team ownership will be contributing $100k to the overall project. Construction work will start within weeks and be finished before Opening Day 2019.
The Rumble Ponies will start their 2019 home schedule on April 11th against the Erie SeaWolves.