KINGSTON – In front of an aging grandstand, Mayor Steve Noble publicly asked the Kingston Common Council to fund a bond of a little less than $14 million to help fund major renovations to Dietz Stadium.
“In my time,” he said, “it’s a once in a lifetime commitment to the stadium.”
Sports have been played on this site for about 100 years, and the present complex has been in place prior to the start of World War II.
The city has a $5 million grant to add to Noble’s request, so the project can be completed for about $18.6 million.
Noble wants to put down new turf, add a bigger scoreboard, make improvements to grandstand, the locker rooms under the home brick grandstand and to the visitor’s side with new stands and bathroom facilities.
The plan would also include a center entrance to the locker rooms in the front of grandstand instead the back entrance now used.
“All of this needs to meet 21st century standards,” said Noble. “It needs to be renovated, upgraded and refreshed.”