Binghamton's NYSEG Stadium to get $5.1 million upgrade
13 November 2018
Binghamton Rumble Ponies President John Hughes and state and local politicians on Monday announced $5.1 million in planned, major upgrades at NYSEG Stadium for the 2019 season.
The Double-A minor-league baseball team, an affiliate of the New York Mets, also announced it would stay in Binghamton through 2026 by extending its lease at the ballpark.
New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, Senator Fred Akshar, and Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David joined Hughes for the announcement.
The upgrades include new seats, structural and critical system upgrades, replacing the stadium turf, installing new video boards, a new sound system, a renovated home clubhouse, and new fencing and netting.
These changes “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 Rumble Ponies said in a news release. Construction work will start within weeks and be finished before opening day on April 11, 2019, the team said.
The upgrades are paired with the Rumble Ponies’ ownership exercising its final five-year option and extending its lease at NYSEG Stadium through 2026. The City of Binghamton and the team ownership are currently negotiating a new long-term lease for NYSEG Stadium that would begin after the 2026 season, the release stated.
In addition, the New York Mets and Rumble Ponies are extending their player-development contract through the 2022 season.