Fans & Players Enjoy Changes Made To Centennial Field

Published 06/24 2013 11:28AM

Updated 06/24 2013 11:29AM

Food was cooked on the grill, fans cheered in the stands and players took to the field.

But there's something different about the Vermont Lake Monsters' 20th season, just ask longtime fan Debbie Austin.

"It looks much nicer," said Austin.

The Essex Junction woman has gone to the ballpark for years, usually sitting on concrete seats.

"I had to bring blankets to sit on it or something," said Austin.

Now, for the same price, she gets to sit in a seat.

"I think they're great. They're almost more comfortable than the reserved ones because those are wooden and these are a sort of softer plastic," said Austin.

The organization spent $2-million making upgrades, both on the field and off.

Changes that not only impressed fans, but the players as well.

"I was here in 2011 and it looks really nice. Like the scoreboard and I like the fact that the dugout is bigger," said Lake Monsters outfielder Xavier Macklin.

Despite the changes, there are certain things Austin will miss.

"You could go up the steps anywhere when there was concrete but now you have to go up the aisles," said Austin.

The team made the improvements in an effort to keep professional baseball in Burlington.

Thankfully tonight was game one of 38 at home, so there's plenty more chances to check out the changes you.

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