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Mayor, Crosscutters want renovations at Bowman Field

February 15, 2013

City leaders are considering major renovations for the 86-year-old city-owned Bowman Field, but it will require adding financing that adds to the city debt and would need approval by City Council....

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Feb-26-13 2:47 AM

I live near Bowman Field and recall not all that long ago renovation was done to the outside of the structure, in fact I believe it was done after the first "haunted" attraction. I may just have a suspicious mind, but I have to agree with another comment here, it's a bit too coincidental that the hockey experiment failed and expenses were left unpaid and suddenly the facility is in such a state of disrepair that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of "repairs" are needed. City leaders need to get their priorities straight, there are more important and relevant things taxpayer dollars should be spent on.

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Feb-16-13 8:17 PM

If the statdium is a money maker for the city then the city should have had an account set up using these "profits" to help with improvements. If the park is not a money maker, then forget it. These are tough times and gonna get tougher. Our regular gas is 4.15 per gallon her in So. California and it will be that much in Williamsport in 6 months I reckon. 5.00 gas? How many folks will be buying Crosscutter tickets when they are paying $4.00 to $5.00 per gallon for regular gas?

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Feb-15-13 8:50 PM

Come on Billtown you're own paper the great "Sun-Gazette"**** will not even cover the WAHS boys Basketball team any more except for a few lines.They want to sell the big time crap and make money.Think about it Billtown... you don't and NEVER will have that Big time team for any sport that will make you money in this town !!!

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Feb-15-13 7:19 PM

This must come to an end. These teams hold a gun to the head of local governments to build new stadiums or spend outrageous sums of taxpayer money to host a team. Pay up or we (teams) are gone.

We, the taxpayers of Williamsport, have dumped millions of dollars into a decrepit facility that benefits a small percentage of the populous and benefits a mediocre team with marginal attendance (unless sponsored with free tickets to bolster attendance figures).

As with the dismal failure of the Hockey "experiment", this Mayor and Council should be held accountable.

Our streets and infrastructure are falling apart far faster than Bowman Field. If you (Mayor and Council) are going to spend money how about street improvements for a start?

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Feb-15-13 12:21 PM

This is beyond words, almost as bad as the county prision article. How about the clown step on down and invest in the safety of the city? If there is money for ball field improvements at the cost to city taxpayers, then this city council can hire some more walking, proactive, visible police officers to combat the nonviolent 'law abiding' citizens left to walk out of the county prison. Are these articles for real?

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Feb-15-13 12:01 PM

my reaction to this article was the same reaction as most folks responding here. the fbomb flew and my mind went crazy because.. williamsport just raised taxes what, a 2 mill hike because,,, they cant afford jack...yet, they want citizens to pay for repairs to an ailing field and stadium thats been ailing for YEARS?? i read not too long ago that people seldom go to these games, its not a packed stadium, and now im reading people dont even pay for them? oh, city of williamsport you really need to focus your attention on more important things. we the people are going to get pist and you may be out of a job next time

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Feb-15-13 11:41 AM

*By the secnod part of my last comment, I mean I'd care more about what renovations were needed. I'm not currently in favor of them.

To Learntoswim, yes I think you're the only one. Because it shouldn't be a priority. This isn't a city like Pittsburgh or New York or Boston where we got money coming out of our ears from Sports revenue. We have more important issues that need attention. This is a Class A Philadelphia Phillies team that absolutely *****.

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Feb-15-13 11:39 AM

Purely as a fan...I might care more if the team in Williamsport was affiliated with the Pirates.

Beyond being a fan, as a tax payer, I'd care more if I thought this should be in any way, shape or form on anyone's priority list.

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Feb-15-13 11:20 AM

I asked over 30 people that go to the Crosscutters games and NOT one of them have ever paid to go them. They only go on pack the park nights. So if they didnt have companies paying for those tickets the Cutters would have packed up 12 years ago

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Feb-15-13 11:07 AM

Is the photo from one of the free nights? Nice photo of a rare packed house helps the optics of this issue. the nights I have ever attended usually involved a sparce crowd, but posting something like that wouldn't help the mayor and crosscutter needs..

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Feb-15-13 10:00 AM

Am I the only on that sees this as an effort to do two things - make a nicer ballpark to ensure at least one sport in Williamsport that is supported by residents, as well as hide ice rink damage cost that exceeds the bond the city required?

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Feb-15-13 9:34 AM

"Fans want a half decent team and a winning season at bowman field.

Then we'll talk...

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Feb-15-13 9:00 AM

Wow. I seriously cannot believe this. I have an idea! How about we put the prisoners that we have no room for at the County onto the project of fixing up the field. I am sure they can all be trained to scrape and paint.

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Feb-15-13 8:24 AM

It seems like they just fix that field up not to long ago, and for concerts that became a issue becasuse of insurance cost. I thought the new arena would be for concerts? (Remember the last good concert at Bowman Field? "THREE DOG NIGHT") getting old.

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Feb-15-13 8:08 AM

I'm not quite sure whether to agree or disagre with you erik.. because it's hard to read whether or not your for or against the Mayor on this in your second paragraph.

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Feb-15-13 8:03 AM

I am BEGGING YOU Let the city citizens vote on this! I GUARANTEE this gets rejected and we all tell the City Council and Mayor to go **** themselves. Are you f*****g kidding me? There are so many more important things that need done. It's time for Campana to GTFO!

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Feb-15-13 7:49 AM

It is incest.

At all levels of sports, the teams and politicians collude to waste taxpayer money.

If these teams were actually left to fend for themselves, the venues would be smaller, less elaborate and ticket prices would be higher.

I do not want to subsidize another person's entertainment.

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Feb-15-13 6:56 AM

My goodness! There are a lot of city streets, curbs and sidewalks that COULD use some attention. I could never understand why these professional sports teams can't foot the bill for their own agenda. With these challenging times locally is this really a priority for our city? The waste of money for those "street cameras" really paid off, we're still in the same situation with that we were without them! I'm sure the Phillies have enough revenue to renovate and repair their own stadium.

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