Joe Mielo has been attending ballgames at the minor league baseball stadium in Lackawanna County since it opened in 1989.
PNC Field, home to the new Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, closed last year for a $43 million rebuilding and will have its much-anticipated season opener April 4. Mr. Mielo, who will be in his usual spot behind home plate, in Section 22, Row 5, Seat 7, was one of many fans who braved frigid temperatures Saturday to get a first glimpse of the stadium’s overhaul and new look during an open house.
“Oh, it’s going to be nice,” the 77-year-old West Scranton man said of the revamped ballpark.
Gone is the steep, hulking upper deck that had a roof line as high up as the stadium’s lighting towers. The main gate is now a spacious, open-air corridor into the ballpark. Other new features include a wraparound concourse, a bar, bleachers and lawn seating and a kids’ area.