Lackawanna County Stadium

PNC Field, formerly Lackawanna County Stadium (1989–2006), is a 10,380-seat minor league baseball stadium located in Moosic, Pennsylvania. It is the home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees. Lackawanna County sold the naming rights to PNC Bank on February 1, 2007, and the stadium became known as PNC Field.

History

The stadium opened on April 26, 1989, with a game between the former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Tidewater Tides. From its inception, the artificial turf surfaced stadium was used as a multi-purpose facility. Many amateur sports competitions were held there, as well as regional band competitions, ice skating and car shows.

On July 12, 1995, Lackawanna County Stadium hosted the AAA All Star Game. The American League affiliate stars shutout their National League opponents, 9-0 in front of 10,965 fans. Future major leaguers to appear in the game included Derek Jeter, Jeromy Burnitz, Jason Isringhausen and manager Grady Little.

In 2007, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise signed a Player Development Contract with the New York Yankees, ending an 18-year agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies. This new contract called for the conversion of the playing surface to natural grass. The stadium still plays host to several amateur baseball competitions throughout the season.

In February, 2010, the SWB Yankees announced that they have reached an agreement with PNC Bank to renew the naming rights to the stadium. Terms of the deal were not released.

At a public hearing on November 8, 2010, officials from Lackawanna County, Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Lackawanna County Multipurpose Stadium Authority held a public hearing to discuss the potential sale of the SWB Yankees and possible renovation of PNC Field. The following day, the club announced plans to pursue a $40 million renovation to the stadium which would dramatically alter the current layout of PNC Field.

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