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Schaumburg village and park district officials are still deciding how much of previously recommended upgrades to Schaumburg Boomers Stadium to prioritize for next offseason — and whether any might be dropped altogether. The Schaumburg Park District recently budgeted $300,000 for its half of any maintenance and life-safety projects during the 2018-19 fiscal year, which isn't extraordinarily more than a typical year of the past. But park district Executive Director Tony LaFrenere said that figure was meant more as a placeholder with the expectation of possible change as discussions continue with the village and their shared tenant, the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team.

"It's a work in progress, and we were cognizant that our budget is a little bit smaller than the village's," LaFrenere said Tuesday. "The variables in play aren't completely ironed out." In December, the two local governments that co-own the 19-year-old stadium had seemed to settle on a four-year, $10.5 million plan of upgrades. But a joint meeting of the elected boards last week cast some doubt on that plan, as new Boomers General Manager Michael Larson questioned some of the planned renovations recommended by a consultant firm last year.

Among Larson's suggestions were prioritizing an upgrade of the suites over the seats, letting the Boomers handle repurposing the underutilized press box, and keeping the current natural grass on the field instead of paying $1.7 million for artificial turf. Schaumburg Village Manager Brian Townsend said the plans for next offseason never included the more major of the consultant's recommended upgrades.

But with the village's new annual budget to be finalized in April, officials are eager to reach some basic consensus with the park district. LaFrenere said the stadium is inherently a difficult structure to make major improvements to as the optimum building months are occupied by the Boomers' season, which starts in mid-May and ends in mid-September if the team makes the playoffs. The Boomers have won three Frontier League championships in their first six seasons. In 2012, the team succeeded the now defunct Schaumburg Flyers as tenant of the stadium that opened in 1999.

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Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com Boomers Stadium is the home of the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team. The team won two league champions in 2013 and 2014. The stadium, originally home to the Flyers, holds 7,365 fans and is built to the same dimensions as Wrigley Field. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com Boomers Stadium is the home of the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team. The team won two league champions in 2013 and 2014. The stadium, originally home to the Flyers, holds 7,365 fans and is built to the same dimensions as Wrigley Field. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 After five seasons of being known simply as Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg's minor league ballpark is still seeking a corporate sponsor to pay for naming rights for the facility. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 After five seasons of being known simply as Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg's minor league ballpark is still seeking a corporate sponsor to pay for naming rights for the facility. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 After five seasons of being known simply as Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg's minor league ballpark is still seeking a corporate sponsor to pay for naming rights for the facility. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, which opened in 1999 as Alexian Field, is being considered for a multiyear upgrade to better compete with a new ballpark being built in Rosemont. A consultant has recommended $13 million in improvements. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, which opened in 1999 as Alexian Field, is being considered for a multiyear upgrade to better compete with a new ballpark being built in Rosemont. A consultant has recommended $13 million in improvements. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 Village of Schaumburg and Schaumburg Park District officials are closing in on a $10.5 million, four-year plan of upgrades to the nearly 19-year-old Schaumburg Boomers Stadium at 1999 Springinsguth Road. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 New Schaumburg Boomers General Manager Michael Larson spoke to Schaumburg village trustees and Schaumburg Park District commissioners Monday about his thoughts on renovations to the 19-year-old stadium the two governments co-own. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 Schaumburg village and park district officials are still working out how much of recommended improvements to the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium they co-own should be prioritized for the next offseason. Pam Baert/pbaert@dailyherald.com, 2015 Schaumburg village and park district officials are still working out how much of recommended improvements to the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium they co-own should be prioritized for the next offseason.
 
March 28, 2018
 
 
 

 

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