SAVANNAH, Ga. - Work is underway today to remove the left field bleachers from Grayson Stadium. The cement bleachers were a part of Municipal Stadium, originally constructed for the 1926 baseball season. Tickets have not been sold for the bleachers for at least the last six seasons.
The removal of the bleachers is covered by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) which passed this past September and allocates $5 million to renovations of the stadium. This job was contracted by the city to the Atlanta-based company Delmonico Restoration and Development.
The Sand Gnats begin a 10-day road trip Tuesday. The bleachers are expected to be completely demolished and removed in time for the Gnats next home game on Friday, Aug. 17 against the Kannapolis Intimidators.
The left field bleachers and the right field line bleachers were the only pieces of Municipal Stadium to withstand the hurricane of 1940. The remainder of the stadium was rebuilt for the 1941 season and christened William L. Grayson Stadium. While the right field line bleachers were renovated in the last 20 years to include the metal seats that remain today, the left field bleachers have remained in their original cement state since 1926.
Grayson Stadium is owned by the City of Savannah and operated by the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The Sand Gnats have the day off Tuesday to travel to Charleston, W.Va. for a four-game series with the West Virginia Power starting on Wednesday. For Sand Gnats tickets and a complete schedule, call the Sand Gnats offices at 912-351-9150 or visit www.sandgnats.com.