The snow may have begun to fly and winter is on your mind. However, it's never too early to think about baseball and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. If you've been wondering how long the Ponies are staying in town, I have an answer for you.

The New York Mets and the Rumble Ponies are extending their player development contract through the 2022 season and that's just the beginning of the good news.

On Monday, November 12th, Rumble Ponies President John Hughes announced a 5.1 million dollar improvement for major upgrades beginning next season.

The plan includes: New seats that will have a red and blue color palette and have cup holders. They'll replace the turf with new sod and drainage systems will be installed to help the playing conditions

They will also be adding a new state-of-the-art video board, that'll be larger with better picture quality. They will be putting in new speakers that are tailored for the ballpark.

This upgrade will benefit the players and coaches with the clubhouse and locker rooms being renovated for the first time since 1992. There are many other upgrades that will be made and they'll have it ready by opening day on April 11th when the Erie SeaWolves come to town.

The good news continue as the Ponies ownership has exercised its five year option and extended the lease at NYSEG Stadium through 2026 and are working on a long-term lease that would begin after the 2026 season.

It looks like we'll be enjoying baseball in Binghamton for years to come and I couldn't be happier. Thank you John Hughes for what you are doing for our community and we'll see you at the ballpark when we'll Saddle-Up for Funn for another exciting season with the Rumble Ponies



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