As the Erie SeaWolves prepare for Game 2 in Somerset, work crews prepare to change the area around the ballpark.
Not only will construction of the Warner Theater along French Street be complete, but an old SeaWolves building will be demolished, creating a new look for the south side of UPMC Park.
“I am happy and relieved that it is done. I think the horn turned out much more magnificent than anyone would have expected. It will be here for many decades for the community to enjoy,” said Casey Wells, Executive Director of Erie Events.
The old Erie SeaWolves office building is no longer in use, and Wells said it made more sense for the building to be demolished.
“We are going to demolish this building. It was built in the mid 90’s and it is no longer of any use to us. In fact, this is the first element of the next phase of stadium development that has been identified in our master plan,” Wells added.
The property behind me that was once the offices of the SeaWolves will eventually be transformed into a green space for fans entering from the south side of the park.
“To be able to clean up this space a bit and make it a more welcoming approach to the south. I think the fans will really appreciate it. A lot of our fans are coming from a parking lot a block away, and they’re going to walk past this open space. So they can have a space that really says, “Hey, welcome to UPMC Park.” We’re really looking forward to it,” said Erie SeaWolves Team President Greg Coleman.
Coleman said this green space will provide local and visiting fans with a better fan experience.
“We obviously want to do our best, both for the local fans here in Erie and for the people who come to visit Erie. So to be able to clean up that space and have more of an end product, I think that’s just great for us. It’s also great for tourism,” added Coleman.
This building will be replaced by a park-like place with green spaces, paths and benches.