While the coronavirus pandemic has put a near-complete pause on activities and events at Muzzy Field for an entire summer, it did open a window to make some refurbishments to the 100-year old field.
The city passed a proposal for just under a million dollars to enhance the field and lighting at Muzzy to make the overall playing and viewing experience better. On site work on the project began this week and Park Department Superintendent Josh Medeiros expects it to be finished by the end of November.
“The projects includes a number of things including stripping and replacing the sod we have out there, reconfiguring our irrigation systems that’s antiquated and it leaks and has different issues,” Medeiros said. “They’re laser leveling the field, replacing our infield material, things like that.”
The lights at Muzzy have been due for a replacement and the new set up is expected to both work better and save money on electricity. The city will also be able to control and set timers for the lights remotely, which adds greater convenience.
“We also have a lot of issues with the lighting system,” Medeiros said. “We have an old lighting system and the lights sometimes take 20 minutes to come back on, sometimes they burn out. So we’re getting a brand new LED lights system.”
After losing a season because of the pandemic, an updated field will be a nice way to welcome the Bristol Blues back for its 2021 season. General Manager Nick Rascati said he didn’t see any gaping problems with the field before but is happy to see the city taking care of Muzzy.
“I feel really good that the city wants to keep improving the field every year like that,” Rascati said. “I can’t even begin to say how lucky we are to have such a good field. Any renovations or updates are always awesome, but at the same time we’re very lucky to be able to play there. We feel like it’s one of the best fields in the league and we’re just very honored to be there and we take a lot of pride in being able to play there every day.”
Madeiros expects the enhancements to add to legacy of the historic baseball park where Babe Ruth hit a home run.
“This is the final package to get the stadium to be envisioned for a high-end historic premier baseball facility for the city,” Medeiros said.