More than Baseball; Fisher Cats transforming ballpark into regional entertainment destination
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, have unveiled the biggest, boldest renovation project in team history. In advance of the 2017 All-Star Season, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium will be transformed into an entertainment destination you’ll need to see to believe.
“We’re thrilled to introduce this project, and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it this season,” Fisher Cats Owner Art Solomon said. “We’re providing our guests with a brand new, one-of-a-kind location to relax and enjoy a night at the ballpark and want our fans – old and new – to take in the new sights and sounds this season.”
With construction already underway, the ballpark entrance will be completely redesigned into a breathtaking pavilion and plaza, featuring a tiki bar, game area and live music stage. The stage will come equipped with full audio, video and lighting systems for musical performances, speaking engagements, live broadcasts and more.
Guests will be greeted with a majestic rock waterfall atop the main stairway, designed by Stonemakers of Merrimack, which leads to the Samuel Adams Bar & Grill. The in-stadium restaurant will fully open its west wall to provide an open-air pathway to the new plaza.
Below the Bar & Grill, the left-field seating area will be enhanced with four rows of tiered seats and drink rails. The new section, which can now be reserved for group outings, will have 165 swivel chairs with mesh backs overlooking the playing field.
“There’s never been a more exciting time for this organization,” said Fisher Cats General Manager Jim Flavin. “Our stadium now offers much more than just a ballgame featuring future major leaguers. It’s a destination; a first-class entertainment venue where guests can enjoy live music, cold drinks, and the unbeatable weather of a summer night in New Hampshire.”
The Fisher Cats have worked with Market Square Architects, an innovative architectural design firm out of Portsmouth, and Fulcrum Associates, a general contractor out of Amherst, to create the renovations.
“Our goal was to create an unforgettable experience for people entering the ballpark,” said Adam L. Wagner of Market Square Architects. “The plaza and pavilion is a truly unique area that will make Northeast Delta Dental Stadium one of the premiere entertainment facilities in this region.”
“It’s wonderful to see the Fisher Cats invest in their facility and make it an even more desirable destination for both out of town guests and Queen City residents,” Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas said. “This team has always been a source of pride for our community, and that will continue with this new project. Opening Day will certainly be a special occasion this year, as we can enjoy these new enhancements for the first time.”
Group tickets for the tiered left-field pavilion include food and drinks and can be reserved for any 2017 game by calling 641-2005.
Individual tickets for the first month of the season are now on sale, including Opening Weekend (April 6-9) so fans can have the first opportunity to check out the new renovations. Individual tickets are also on sale for three popular dates that fans will love: Memorial Day (May 29), Star Wars Night (June 10) and July 3rd (featuring Atlas Fireworks).
Fans can purchase individual tickets online at nhfishercats.com, over the phone at 641-2005 or at the Fisher Cats Box Office at One Line Drive in Manchester.