“New era” in Fresno baseball was touted today by Grizzlies President Derek Franks as a ground breaking press conference was held to unveil the Left Field Social Stadium Project. Franks said the Grizzlies are answering the charge from fans and this is one of many improvements taking place. The project is the single largest construction project since the stadium opened in 2002.
Franks was thankful to the City of Fresno leadership and said,
“I have to give a lot of credit to Mayor Brand and staff as we went into this new wave of Grizzlies Baseball with new ownership. The ownership and City both acknowledged that this is a beautiful stadium . . . We have a new lease that keeps us here playing until 2036 with an intention of our ownership to play beyond that date and stay here forever, and for us to keep this wonderful stadium as great as it looks today and sparkle like it did in 2002, and we have to get to work and modernize this ball park.”
From the “COMING SOON” rendering of the Left Field Social Stadium (Space) project, fans will be able to experience the stadium in a more relaxed environment overlooking left field.
Fresno County Supervisor Sal Quintero stated,
“[I’ve] never seen this type of commitment from the owners, the City, and participation by the County in order to make this stadium what it really should be …. a community stadium for everyone.”
Supervisor Brian Pacheco, Nathon Magsig and Fresno Fresno City Council Member Paul Caprioglio were also on hand for the ground breaking ceremony.