Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Is Receiving Much Needed Upgrades.
Delmarva Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters says with the stadium field 20 years old, there were challenges with getting it drained. An immediate solution was required.
"Now we are upgrading the field to put new technology underneath it," said Bitters. "The drainage system, gravel layer, medium sand layer, and layers all part of the process will allow us to function better when have rain issues".
Those circumstances led to games being cancelled. The Shorebirds were unable to host its 70 game schedule.
"This year we lost 7 games to rain outs and the number of those would have been prevented, " said Bitters.
Bitters mentioned rain delays have been a big issue the last several years. He added with the old field, the team has been unable to play after a rain delay or the next day with a lot of rain on the playing surface.
Gil Dunn, who is a season ticket holder, is a big Shorebirds supporter. He sits three rows behind the dugout on the third base side. Dunn says the stadium is one of the best around but he cannot wait until everything is done.
"I think it makes a better experience for everybody, the players, fans," said Dunn.
Bitters adds the renovation was one piece of a much larger restoration project and the benefit is a new stadium for another 20 years.
"We have a mutually partnership with our landlord and partners at Wicomico County, MD as well as the State Of Maryland," said Bitters.
The next phase of renovations will include a new video scoreboard and other fan amenities.