Field of Dreams
It will be an extreme makeover for the main baseball field located at the Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth.
Over $90,000 is going to be spent on upgrades at the field.
And, it all should be done yet this fall, if all goes according to plan.
The city of Blue Earth is doing the reconstruction work of all of the infield and some of the outfield.
“We had a couple of bids and the cost for the work at the field is going to total $47,000 for all the grade work and the new sod,” says city administrator Tim Ibisch. “The baseball association received a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins and that money is going towards it. So the city’s share is about $37,000.”
The reconstruction work is already well underway.
But that is not all that is going to happen at the ball park. The Blue Earth Area Youth Baseball Association has some plans for even more improvements.
“We plan on building a new concrete grandstand structure right behind the back stop fencing,” says baseball association president Brent Legred. “It will be 30 feet long, 13 feet wide and nine feet tall.”
The structure will include restrooms, storm shelter and a press box/announcer area underneath, with bleachers on the top.
“It will be right behind home plate and give spectators an elevated view of the whole field,” says Legred. “And we do plan on doing it soon.”
Total cost estimate is around $45,000 for this part of the project, Legred added.
That is not all. Earlier this summer the baseball association built a new concession stand, and it went into operation back in mid-July.
“We are trying to upgrade all the ball fields in town,” Legred said. “We did a lot of work at the 14th Street fields and at the other baseball field at the fairgrounds previously. It was time to focus on our main field now.”
Legred said there are thousands of visitors to the ball diamonds every year.
“They can be a good reflection on a city; having nice parks and ballfields really help its image,” Legred says. “It is a great reflection of community pride.”