Renovations Coming to Ashford University Field
Much of the charm of attending a Clinton LumberKings game at Ashford University Field is the simple features of the stadium. It’s all about baseball at the Clinton ballpark with its old-fashioned bleacher seating (except for the first three rows), wall advertisements, and light standards. The only thing it seems the stadium truly lacks is a video board where fans can see more than a simple line score and balls, strikes, and outs.
On Tuesday, the LumberKings announced they are fixing that. The team said that the 81-year old ballpark is getting a bit of a facelift this offseason. For starters, a 6 feet by 65 feet ribbon board will be placed along the façade of the Leinenkugel’s LumberLounge in right field. This will allow fans around the stadium to see video content, and in-game stats along with presenting plenty of advertising opportunity for the team.
Fans will also notice some other cosmetic improvements upon entering the stadium. New concrete will be laid inside the main gates. Along with a freshly painted façade, three 75-inch HD monitors which will display lineups, standings, etc. will be on display near the front office.
Upgrades to the Dr. Pepper Picnic Garden and the Mexican food stand will round out the improvements that are sure to be a hit with fans.
Ashford University Field opened as Riverview Stadium in 1937. The ballpark, which sits a block away from the Mississippi River, hosts the only remaining team from the original Midwest League, which began play in 1956.
The upgrades will all be on display when the Lumberkings open their 2018 season against the Kane County Cougars on April 7.