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CLINTON — Ashford University Field will get a face lift for the 2018 season.

The Clinton LumberKings are teaming up with the Clinton County Development Association, the City of Clinton and the Friends of Riverview Stadium to make changes to the 81-year-old ballpark. During the course of the offseason, the main concourse will see new concrete laid; a freshly painted façade; new picnic garden pergolas; high-definition starting lineup, standings and league leaders monitors; and the stadium’s first ever ribbon board.

The stadium, which opened in 1937, last saw a major renovation project in 2006. That year, the stadium saw the expansion of the right-field Lumber Lounge, construction of a state-of-the-art home clubhouse and construction of the picnic garden, along with several other improvements. The new look to the second- oldest stadium in the Midwest League is expected to offer a more engaging fan experience.

Upon entering the main gates in 2018, fans will walk along the freshly laid concrete to see three 75-inch high definition monitors along the outer walls of the front office that will display the game’s lineups, league standings and league leaders. In addition to offering fans high-definition up-to-date game and league stats, the monitors will engage fans with highlight clips and other visual entertainment.

From every seat in the house fans will then be able to view the stadium’s first ever ribbon board. Placed along the façade of the LumberLounge, the ribbon board will be 6 feet by 65 feet and will bring high-definition picture quality to all LumberKings home games and non-baseball stadium events. The ribbon board will bring fans video content, in-game entertainment and up to date statistics during the game while offering advertisers a new way to engage fans.

The picnic garden will also see the addition of new picnic benches that will dry quicker after wet conditions and be more comfortable for fans. Next to the new benches will be a Mexican food stand.

The improvements are expected to be finished by the April 7, 2018, opener against Kane County.

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