Parkview Field given go-ahead for upgrades
The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission on Monday approved about $445,000 in improvements to Parkview Field.
The laundry list of improvements to be made this year to the ballpark includes concrete repairs, painting and a new sound system, said Mike Nutter, president of the TinCaps.
“The original matrix that we did suggested that we would get somewhere between eight and 10 years out of it and that the replacement system would be in excess of $400,000,” Nutter said of the sound system. “We did get the 10 full years out of it, and we found much better pricing than that.”
The cost of the new sound system is about $200,000.
“It’s a company that has been used in some of the biggest venues in this state,” Nutter said. “Some folks went on the road last week to confirm that the people that have the venues where it’s already been installed love it. It was unanimous coming back.”
Parkview Field opened in 2009 and has attracted more than 4 million visitors since.
“We’re here at the 10-year mark. It’s already been 10 years, and I’ve got the gray hair to prove it,” Nutter said, chuckling, noting that Parkview Field averages just shy of 6,000 spectators per game.
“It’s higher baseball attendance than 58 of the other 59 Single-A teams across the United States,” Nutter said, adding that between April 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2019, the park averaged about 1,475 people per day, even in the off-season.
Nutter also provided a look at capital improvements for the 2020 season, noting that the ballpark will need new video boards. He estimated that cost could run as high as about $1.4 million.