Bowling Green Ballpark renovations ready for Hot Rods opener
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Baseball season is right around the corner for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and with it comes a new look to Bowling Green Ballpark.
Back in November, Hot Rods General Manager Eric Leach and majority Owner Jack Blackstock announced several renovations that would be made to the ballpark.
Now, after months of hard work and with just 11 days until the Hot Rods home opener, their vision for the stadium has become a reality.
“When we announced this and the condensed schedule of trying to get everything done, of course you’re a little bit nervous, so time flew,” said Leach.
Part of the renovations to the ballpark include a new scoreboard, a 360-degree walkway around the park, a kids splash pad, and a remodeled and expanded Reinhart Club.
“I would argue that they’re better than we anticipated,” Leach said. “We added a few things along the way that just made sense. A lot of details that maybe the average fan isn’t even going to notice.”
The Hot Rods organization cares about winning, but ensuring their fans have a great time whenever they come out to the stadium was the primary reason for these alterations.
“We exist for our fans experience and to make it as entertaining, as comfortable, and awesome as possible,” Leach added. “From the scoreboard to the Reinhart Club to the splash zone and 360 walkway, all those things are really in mind for the fans.”
While those are the most eye-opening changes to the park, fans won’t have to worry about spending as much money on food and beverages at games this season.
“We lowered about 75 percent of all the concessions prices,” said Leach. “This year we’re really excited about the $2 Holler concession stand. Every food item in that stand is $2.”
With an expanded Reinhart Club, as well as the 360-degree walkway, the Hot Rods will be able to host more than just baseball games on a year-round basis.
“Our goal is to have as many special events and meetings as we do Hot Rods baseball games,” Leach said. “Increasing that with the 70 Hot Rods games that we do, to 150 total events for this first year.”
Fans will have their first opportunity to see all the changes when the Hot Rods host the Dayton Dragons in their home opener on April 6.