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NYC gives $5M to revive Staten Island Yankee ballpark



The Richmond County Bank Stadium, otherwise known as the Staten Island Yankee ballpark, will be receiving city funding for renovations. Photo by Wally Gobetz. | | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The city committed to allocate $5.1 million to upgrade and revive the Richmond County Bank Ballpark Stadium in Staten Island.

The funding came after the New York Yankees terminated their affiliation with the Staten Island Yankee.

Borough President James Oddo shared that though the Yankees are leaving, the stadium will still be home to baseball. The renovations, he said, will prime it for use in other events, like concerts.

He said this investment from the city is “worthwhile” because the stadium is “alive and active” almost all year round.

New things to come

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) shared that the plan was to upgrade the 7,171-seat stadium. It will be equipped with synthetic turf and new seating. Also earmarked are plans to adjust the field’s dimensions. This is to also accommodate other sports, like soccer and rugby, an NYCEDC spokesman said.

The borough president also said that the renovation got the city’s collaborative support—from NYCEDC president James Patchett to the Mayor—for better integration of the stadium within the Staten Island community. The recent months also saw him joining forces with the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball, and the Atlantic League to ensure that Staten Island will continue to be home to a professional baseball team.
He also hoped that it would lead to either a Staten Island baseball franchise or some new sports, concerts, collegiate tournaments, and some other community uses coming in to use the stadium.

“The interest in this venue for non-baseball uses has never been greater, including by other professional sports beyond baseball and rugby. This is a moment in time,” he shared.

Is rugby coming to the ballpark?

Also included in the renovation plan is the possibility of having rugby at the ballpark. Reports had it that in the past year, Rugby United New York (RUNY) kept in contact with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). This news reinforces the possibility that the improved ballpark will also house a new Rugby stadium.

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