Construction crews have started work on a $2.5 million project to enhance the city-owned baseball stadium in downtown Binghamton.

State Senator Fred Akshar, team general manager Jim Weed and Mayor Richard David near an entrance to the stadium. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The improvements are being made ahead of the home opener for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, which is scheduled for April 13.

A new picnic party deck and a third base terrace will be built. Stadium lighting is being upgraded. A new batting cage and bullpen are being constructed. The right field entrance also is being redesigned.

Rumble Ponies tickets were available for purchase outside the stadium's main gate. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Rumble Ponies general manager Jim Weed toured the construction area Wednesday afternoon with Binghamton Mayor Richard David and state Senator Fred Akshar.

Most of the project cost - $2 million - is coming from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Evans Street Baseball, which owns the team, is contributing $500,000.

The stadium had been home to the Binghamton Mets since it opened in April 1992.

Stadium lighting is being upgraded as part of the $2.5 million project. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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