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The Suburbanite
  • RubberDucks announce Canal Park renovations

  • The makeover continues for the Akron RubberDucks. With a new name, logo and teams colors already announced, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians announced major renovations at Canal Park for the 2014 Eastern League season on Tuesday.
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    • Canal Park renovations
      • $1.65 million video board (added prior to 2013 season)
      • The Game Grill + Bar restaurant (right field)
      • Fowl Territory (left field premium seating and concessions)
      • Tiki...
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      Canal Park renovations
      • $1.65 million video board (added prior to 2013 season)
      • The Game Grill + Bar restaurant (right field)
      • Fowl Territory (left field premium seating and concessions)
      • Tiki Terrace (right field premium seating and concessions)
      • Duck Club (event space)
  • The makeover continues for the Akron RubberDucks.
    With a new name, logo and teams colors already announced, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians announced major renovations at Canal Park for the 2014 Eastern League season on Tuesday.
    Included in the announcement were details regarding the previously-announced new year-round restaurant and information about new picnic and premium areas in left field and right field.
    Collectively, the new additions will cost $3.5 million, bringing the total to $5.6 million in improvements to Canal Park since owner Ken Babby took over the franchise in October 2012.
    "Canal Park is our home and the foundation of what we are building in our community. These improvements will serve to substantiate the ballpark as Akron's epicenter of affordable, family fun on game nights, and year-round," Babby said in a written release by the team.
    The focus of the newest round of upgrades is the fan experience. The Game Grill + Bar is the new restaurant that will occupy the South Main Street-level space below the area formerly used by Menches Brothers.
    The 4,000-square-foot restaurant will open March 22 and will remain open year round with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Its infrastructure will feature a system of folding-glass walls that will open to allow fans a view of the action. The space above the restaurant is now a space for special events and meetings, known as The Duck Club. Like the restaurant below it, the space will include a sliding wall of windows to allow for an open-air viewing experience. The Duck Club will seat up to 150 people.
    In keeping with the team's new nickname, the picnic area and stands in left field will now be known as "Fowl Territory." The space contains 50 picnic tables that can be rented for outings or used by families. In borrowing a theme from various Major League Baseball franchises, the RubberDucks will offer an all-you-can-eat seating option available for the section. Premium seating will also be added to the first two rows of Fowl Territory, with 56 brand-new seats with 360-degree swivel capabilities and a drink rail.
    A mirroring section of premium seating will be available in right field, known as "Tiki Terrace." In addition to the premium seating sections, the RubberDucks will continue to offer their standard $5 and $9 ticket prices.