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DIGGING DEEPER: City of Binghamton receives funds for stadium upgrades


(WBNG) Just weeks after unveiling a whole new identity, the home of Binghamton baseball is slated to receive plenty of renovations.

More than $2 million has been allocated for NYSEG Stadium upgrades.
The State of New York has agreed to pay well over half the cost of this project. The Rumble Ponies organization will contribute $500,000 for renovations. The State has stepped up to the plate to provide the remaining $2 million.

"I am using state municipal grant money that is set aside during the yearly budget process for members to work on state municipal owned projects," said State Senator Fred Akshar (R).
The City of Binghamton owns the stadium and will receive the money.

The Rumble Ponies are signed on to be in Binghamton through the 2021 season.

Organization officials say talks of possible funding between the now-former B-Mets and members of government heated up over the summer.

"We sat together and though hey lets find a way to make Binghamton Baseball Great again and that we have tried to do is develop that," said Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes.

State money being used to upgrade municipal stadiums is not uncommon. In the past two years, Rochester and Olean have received similar funding for stadium renovations.

Hughes says the renovations will have no impact on ticket prices. All of the renovation projects are expected to be completed by opening day in April

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