R-Phils To Preview Look Of Renovated Ballpark

Posted: 1:45 PM EDT Aug 24, 2011   Updated: 12:05 PM EDT Sep 16, 2010

Reading Phillies fans will soon get their first glimpse at what FirstEnergy Stadium will look like once a $10 million renovation is finished.

The Reading Phillies will pull the wraps off their plans during a news conference this evening.

The team wasted no time starting the work. The project began September 3, the day after the last home game of the season.

Already, much of the area beneath the main grandstand has been gutted, including the team clubhouses, front office, restrooms, and main souvenir stand.

The concession stands in the right field food court have also been removed. The main entrance to the stadium will be relocated there.

Family bathrooms and an air conditioned souvenir store will also be added.

The work needs to be finished in time for the R-Phils' opener against the Akron Aeros on April 14.

In the meantime, the front office staff is working out of trailers on a parking lot across the street from the ballpark while the work is being done.

The team chose to renovate the 50-year-old city-owned stadium rather than build a new ballpark.