Akron RubberDucks begin new epoch

April 2, 2014 by  

The RubberDucks, Akron’s AA baseball team, is set to open its season tomorrow and fans will note a number of changes to the stadium.

The team will face the Binghampton Mets at the Ducks’ home field, Canal Park. Ken Babby, owner of the RubberDucks, has made major changes to the organization since he bought the team in October of 2012. Babby has changed the team’s uniforms, its name (it was the Aeros), and made a number of improvements to Canal Park.

Babby notes that the changes to the park itself eliminated approximately 1,100 seats, but he felt they were necessary to bring the stadium in line with what people expect when they go to watch a AA ball game. Babby and team officials visited a number of minor league parks throughout the country and concluded Canal Park needed an upgrade.

Among the changes, which came with a $3.5m pricetag, were new seating areas called Fowl Territory, on the third base line and Tiki Terrace, in right field. Prices will be higher than they were in the seats that have been replaced, but the new areas come with restaurants. Tiki Terrace has a tiki bar, while Fowl Territory features a buffet of ballpark-type food. Season ticket holders will get access to the Duck Club, located behind the stands in right field.

Babby and team management could work with banner printers to create flags for use outside the park, to indicate when the Ducks are at home.