Today New York State Senator James H. Seward joined officials from the Village of Cooperstown and the Friends of Doubleday Field to announce a $1 million state grant to help fund for renovations and improvements at Doubleday Field. According to Friends of Doubleday President, Jeff Katz, these renovations have been talked about for sometime now.
"The plan of work is kind of an accumulation of ideas that have been going on for years and years because the funding wasn't there to do it. There's always been a sense that Doubleday field is slowly decaying and we need to save it." Said Katz. "Once the project is done, the village will be in a position to keep the maintenance going."
The birth place of baseball will be undergo improvements and reconstruction including:
Demolishing third base bleachers
Multi-purpose building behind the third base bleachers including office space, press box, and public space for event rental.
ADA compatible accessibility improvements
There isn't a set date for the renovations and upgrades to be done. However Jeff Katz hopes that it is done by the Fall.