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Akron RubberDucks put another $2 million into Canal Park
AA-Indians-affiliate ballpark is getting a new restaurant, terrace, premium seating
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Mark Urycki
 
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Workers are tearing out bleachers at Akron’s Canal Park baseball stadium in a $2 million renovation.

The Akron RubberDucks will replace them with picnic tables and premium seating in left field.  In right field, the team will erect a tiki-bar and a terrace. And what was a second-story restaurant will be turned into a special events club.

Team general manager Jim Pfander says the double-A Indians affiliate is also opening a new restaurant to serve downtown patrons year-round.

LISTEN: Pfander on the year-round restaruant

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LISTEN: Owner Ken Babby on plans

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“Where we are standing now was the home of Menches Bros and Wing Warehouse – it’ll be dropped down to the first floor. We’ll have indoor and outdoor seating right on Main Street. I think it’s going to be a really exciting thing not only for our fans but also everyone in Akron.” 

Ken Babby, who took over the team last year, has already invested about $3.5 million in the city-owned ballpark, which opened in 1997.  

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