Have you seen the new Sky Sox Stadium?  If you enjoy Americas greatest pastime, treat your family to a Sky Sox game this season at their new stadium right in our backyard.  I came across this article about the renovation and found it interesting.

Going, going, gone.

Gone is the old look of Security Service Field, the home stadium of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox professional baseball team.

The AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies spent $7 million over the past two years to refurbish the ballpark, which was built in 1988.

“Our facility was aging, so we ren­ovated,” says Mike Hobson, director of public relations for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. “We are in a unique situation because Elmore Sports Group that owns the franchise also owns the stadium and the land it sits on. Almost all other pro teams in the United States have stadiums owned by a city or county, but Elmore Sports Group used only its own money to refurbish our ballpark.”

The most visible improvement is a four-story building that has been constructed in right field, down the first-base line.

The building’s ground floor houses the Sky Sox’ clubhouse, complete with an indoor batting cage, pitching tunnel, offices, locker room and weight-training room. The second floor features a large waiting area for family members of the ballplayers, and the third floor leads to five outdoor private picnic terraces that can accommodate 100 people per terrace.

“The fourth floor is our Centennial Banquet Hall that can fit up to 250 people and was built to be a year-round facility,” Hobson says. “It gives the Sky Sox an opportunity to offer corporate hospitality, which we have never had before. As a result of this new four-story building, our corporate group reser­vations increased from 100 during the 2005 season to 400 in 2006.”

The Sky Sox also added black wrought-iron fencing around the park, as well as red stamped bricks along the entrance area, and electronic message boards at the ticket offices.

In addition, all of the 2,300 old box seats were torn out and replaced, and a new catering kitchen was built to better manage food services.

“The 2007 season will be the 20th in Sky Sox history, and we now have a modern-day, fresh-looking, 8,000-seat stadium to celebrate,” Hobson says. “Our all-time season attendance record is 269,904, and our goal for 2007 is to set a new record of 300,000 fans. We are confident that we will do it.”

Security Service Field, the highest-elevation professional ballpark in the country at 6,531 feet above sea level, has only one more pending renovation project. Plans are to add a new stadium scoreboard in the near future.

“The Sky Sox offer a fun, family environment that is affordable, with our ticket prices still at $5 to $9,” he says. “A family of four can enjoy a great day at the ballpark for around $50. That is certainly a bargain in these days of professional sports.”

Story by Kevin Litwin from Images of Colorado Springs