The Williamsport Crosscutters open their season at home on Friday June 17th before playing four road games. With almost a month before action at Historic Bowman Field, the staff is getting ready for the season.
The biggest news out of Williamsport is new premium seating at the ballpark. The Crosscutters broke ground earlier this week for the Premium Deck, which will open in time for the 2017 season. Prior to last season, the team removed bleachers down the right field line to prepare for the construction of the deck, which will be given an official name sometime down the road.
Designed by Anthony Visco Architects of Williamsport, with input from the Williamsport Crosscutters and the City of Williamsport, the two-tiered deck is expected to accommodate upwards of 250 people. It will feature rail seating, high top and 4-top tables on both levels along with full bar and food service for fans.
“When we purchased the Crosscutters 18 months ago, we immediately went to work with both the city and state to put much needed ballpark improvements in motion”, stated Cutters Principal Owner Peter Freund. “This is the first needed step to help insure that Williamsport will continue to be home to affiliated Minor League Baseball.”
In other Crosscutters news, the annual search for host families and other housing accommodations for players is underway. While many Host Families come back year after year, the team is always looking to add to their list of available housing for the players.
“Host Families play a crucial role in helping young players feel comfortable in a new environment”, said Crosscutters Vice-President of Marketing Gabe Sinicropi. “I also know that those who have rented to players in the past have had incredibly wonderful experiences and still have contact with the players many years after hosting them. With players coming and going throughout the season, we have constant needs as far as housing.”
The 2016 season runs from June 17 until September 5. Because of the players schedule they typically spend about 40 nights in their Host Family home. Players range from 18 – 23 years of age. Anyone with interest or in need of more information on becoming a Host Family is invited to call Nate Schneider at (570) 326-3389 x1400 for information.
Listening to baseball on the radio on a warm summer night is a great tradition. For Crosscutters fans who can't make it out to the ballpark, it's good to know that they'll be able to hear all of the action on their radio and/or computer. The Williamsport Crosscutters and ESPN Radio Williamsport have jointly announced an extension of their partnership agreement for the 2016 season.
The agreement continues the association that began in 2008 and assures that, for the ninth straight year, all Crosscutters games, both home and away, will continue to be heard on ESPN Williamsport frequencies 1050 and 1600 AM and 92.7 and 104.1FM. All broadcasts are also available online at www.crosscutters.com and can be accessed via computer, tablet or iPhone.
“The Cutters are happy to have ESPN Williamsport as our radio home,” stated Cutters VP of Marketing & PR Gabe Sinicropi. “It’s extremely important for us to have all of our games broadcast not only locally, but to fans across the country and around the world who annually follow the Phillies prospects on our team and the ESPN Williamsport crew does a great job.”
Todd Bartley, Owner and General Manager of ESPN Radio Williamsport, will continue his role as the lead play-by-play voice of the team. He will be joined in the broadcast booth by Ian Catherine.
And finally, the Crosscutters have released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season. The giveaways feature bobble-heads of Maikel Franco and Mighty Casey from the classic Casey at the Bat poem. Appearances by the likes of the Phillies Phanatic (August 9th), The Human Cannonball (July 1st) and Mad Chad, a chainsaw juggling showman (July 28) will also highlight the schedule. For a full list of promotions, visit Crosscutters.com. Starting May 23, fans can also order tickets for opening night or any other game on the schedule at the box office or online.