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Lycoming College and the City of Williamsport recently announced an agreement to renovate and enhance the existing senior baseball field at Brandon Park for collegiate play in a move that will enable the College to once again call the field home. A 25-year lease, approved by city council, secures the space as the Warriors home field through at least 2048, with options for additional 10-year extensions upon mutual agreement from the College and the City.
Located just north of campus, Lycoming baseball played on the field through the 1950s before moving to Bowman Field on the west side of town. In addition to collegiate play, the field will host local high school competitions, as well as legion play and the general public. Construction on the Brandon Park field began this summer.
“Lycoming College is happy to once again partner with the City of Williamsport on a project that benefits both the College campus and the broader community”
The College has committed to investing $2.5 million in the baseball field and the first phase of the project is expected to be complete for the spring 2024 season. Lycoming has worked with Derck & Edson architecture firm to ensure the field both enriches and preserves Brandon Park’s landscape, while also creating an enjoyable experience for fans and athletes alike.
Part one of the phased project will see the baseball field completely redone, expanding it to a collegiate-sized field with 325-370-390-370-325 dimensions from right to left field. Field turf will be installed for the playing surface along with netting, fencing, dugouts, and a scoreboard. Batting cages and bullpens are also part of the initial investment, making the field at Brandon Park ideal for a Division III baseball team competing in Pennsylvania. Stands, a press box, bathrooms, and lighting will follow in later phases of construction.
“Lycoming College is happy to once again partner with the City of Williamsport on a project that benefits both the College campus and the broader community,” said Kent Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “Our $3M investment in this field indicates both our commitment to athletics as part of the Lycoming College student experience and to the quality of life in Williamsport and Lycoming County.”
“Our City parks are a fundamental asset for our thriving community, and it has been a priority for me during my administration to be able to revitalize our parks,” said Derek Slaughter, mayor of Williamsport. “I’m thrilled that Lycoming has partnered with us in that commitment and that Brandon Park will become home to the Lycoming College Warriors.”