Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas attended the press conference, and commented on the recently concluded negotiations between the team and city. “They’re going to be here a long time,” stated Gatsas.
Adam Wagner of Market Square Architects in Portsmouth unveiled the plans for the renovation. The stadium’s entrance, located above the stairs from the parking lot, will be “completely transformed.” Additions to the area will include a fixed stage with a permanent audio-visual system for live streaming of games as well as for live music. A small games area will be added with cornhole and washers, “something to really activate the space,” said Wagner. A tiki bar will also be added to the deck.
Major changes will be made to the picnic area in front of the Sam Adams Bar & Grill in left field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The picnic tables currently overlooking the field will be removed. In their place will be tiered swivel seating that will face the stadium. A rock waterfall will be installed atop the main stairway which leads into the Sam Adams Bar & Grill. The in-stadium restaurant will fully open its west wall to provide an open-air pathway to the new patio.
Renovations are expected to cost about $1 million, and will be funded by the team. Work is scheduled to begin immediately and is expected to be completed by opening day on April 6. It’s an ambitious goal with the typically harsh New Hampshire winter still going in full force. “We’ve got our work cut out for us,” stated Wagner.