FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The 2016 TinCaps season will start off with a new vantage point to view the game. Parkview Field is adding group seating to the area on top of the Tuthill 400 Club, in center field. The new area, “The Summit,” will accommodate about 125 fans in open air seating. It’s the only one of its kind in the 160 minor league parks.
“You’re literally going to be on top of the center fielder, a part of the game, not losing any of the atmosphere with the sights and sounds,” Tin Caps President Mike Nutter said during a press conference where plans for The Summit, presented by Tuthill were presented.
The Summit will offer both ballpark and club style seating, including a canopy for shade that covers about half of the space. Groups must have a minimum of 20 people to reserve space on The Summit. At $40 per person, fans can enjoy unlimited food, soft drinks, domestic draft beer and house wine.
“On nights that it’s not filled like that, we’re going to make every effort available to make it available to the public,” Nutter said. “We want anybody to be able to see [the view]. Not everyone might necessarily be in a group but they’ll be able to get up there at some point.”
Nutter expressed that when the 400 Club by Tulhill was first built in 2013, it was expected that in five to eight years the stadium would be ready for phase II. However, with attendance in the previous seasons Nutter said it’s ready to expand just three years later.
Construction on The Summit will start in mid- November, Nutter said. It’s expected to take about three months of work, weather depending. The project is expected to be complete before opening day, April 9, when the TinCaps host the Lake County Captains. Nutter said he hopes it will be complete even before then so people can tour the new area.
Financing for The Summit, presented by Tuthill, was privately done by Hardball Capital, the TinCaps ownership. The TinCaps said not a penny of the funding will come from the Parkview Field Ballpark Maintenance and Improvement Fund. Projections for the project come in just over $600,000.
Reservations for The Summit, presented by Tuthill will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 2.