Empire State Development recently awarded Monroe County a $550,000 grant for significant upgrades to Frontier Field in Rochester.
“This money will go toward needed upgrades for an enhanced experience, helping to bring some modern amenities that are commonly seen in new stadiums around the country,” said Naomi Silver, CEO of the Rochester Red Wings.
Planned improvements are centered on increasing the fan experience, and include a 360-degree concourse, kids area, beer and wine garden, and an expanded party space.
“When we invest in Frontier Field, we are really investing in our history, economy, local families and future,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “Not only are the Red Wings and Frontier Field part of the heart and soul of Monroe County, they contribute to our quality of life and assist our efforts to grow more jobs and support stronger families.”
The grant will fund a portion of the planned renovations, which are estimated to cost $3 million. The team and county are seeking additional state investment to fund the remaining balance.
Project plans consist of fan-based upgrades, including a 2,200 square foot designated kids area behind the right field scoreboard. It will include playground equipment and an open area with sports surface material for children to play.
A 360-degree concourse will allow fans to walk from the left field patio to the right field pedestrian bridge. A 5,000 square foot party pavilion will provide space for events, as well as a left field picnic area meant as seating with a view of the field and concerts.
Other plans include ticket office improvements, a left field berm for additional lawn seating, raising the scoreboard and ad boards, adding outfield restrooms behind the right field scoreboard, and shade and rain protection above the home plate entrance.
Monroe County authorized the expenditure of $4.35 million in past capital improvements and $950,000 in current capital improvements for Frontier Field, including core and shell, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and site work.