CELINA — Montgomery Field will soon undergo a facilities upgrade.
The facility is the home of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League’s Grand Lake Mariners and the Celina High School and ACME and Wright State University-Lake Campus baseball teams.
The Montgomery Field Legacy Construction Project will be undertaken in three phases.
Phase One plans call for a renovation of the existing first base dugout building. Additions will include a merchandise booth, a coaches’ office and a locker room with 30 open lockers. The existing dugout will receive a new helmet and bat rack as well as modified benches for additional equipment storage. Work on Phase One is expected to begin in the next month or two and should be finished by this spring.
The second phase will begin with the razing of the existing third base dugout. A new building the size of the first base dugout building will be erected. Both buildings will have heating and air conditioning units.
The new Phase Two structure will serve as the visiting team dugout, and its first floor will include a storage room, dugout restroom and umpire restroom and changing room. The second floor will include three luxury suites with stadium seats, high-top tables and cabinetry. Work on Phase Two is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall.
Plans for Phase Three include a replacement scoreboard, a batter’s eye and a digital message board at the park entrance to promote games and events. A start date is not yet set for the third phase.
“We believe these updates will draw visitors to our area, visitors that will patronize local restaurants, hotels and retail stores,” John Dorner, Grand Lake Mariners General Manager and Montgomery Field Legacy Construction Project Manager, said in a news release. “We also expect to be awarded more tournament hosting opportunities. In fact, in light of these plans, the ACME Baseball Congress has awarded us the Junior ACME State Tournament for June 29 and 30, 2023.”
Funding has been secured for Phase One, but donations for the first base dugout building improvements are still being accepted. Officials are also seeking donations for Phases Two and Three, with sponsorship forms available at the Montgomery Field concession stand during home games, the Celina High School Athletic Department, CJ’s HighMarks, Celina Insurance Group and grandlakemariners.com.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the proposed suites. Each suite will be named after its sponsor and will be available to sponsors for several games of their choice. When available, they will be rented out to spectator groups. The Mercer County Civic Foundation will be administering the Montgomery Field Legacy Construction Project fund.
RCS Construction, ITR Manufacturing and Premier Flooring Installations are the project’s construction partners.