News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Canton's Thurman Munson Stadium unveils a new field and a new relationship with Akron
The field is the first of a three stage upgrade plan

The new field is one of the first upgrades to Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium since the Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate left for Akron in 1997.
Courtesy of Kelsey Leyva
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Canton’s Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium unveiled a new $100,000 field Wednesday.

It’s one of the first major improvements done since the Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate left for a new ballpark in Akron. That was nearly 17 years ago. And the new owner of the team now known as the Akron RubberDucks is trying to make amends. Ken Babby says he hopes partnering with Munson stadium will be a step towards reconciliation.

LISTEN: Ken Babby discusses Akron's relationship with Canton

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:16)

 “We have relationships to repair. When the team moved north it insulted a lot of people and we’re here to rebuild those relationships every day doing what we can in the community. I think this is really important and that starts today with our commitment down here to the ballpark and we’ll be back to do a lot more over time.”

Three stages of upgrades are planned in all. Next come improvements to the facility, including restrooms and concession stands.

In addition to collaborating on the revamp, Babby is also working with the stadium and the Ohio Men’s Senior Baseball League to host a baseball camp this summer.

The University of Akron’s head coach and players, along with other college and high school coaches in the area, will be the instructors at the camp.
Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

New options in Ohio for secular wedding ceremonies
Hello Mike, I support this action. I was not previously aware of the difficulty couples may encounter in locating officials to serve in their non-religious mar...

Northeast Ohio prepares for the next refugees -- whoever they may be
What a better place to place refugees than in the Midwest cities that have a steady population decline. These refugees will bring much to the culture and the ec...

Charter reform bill includes controversial change for some teachers
I work for a former White Hat charter school; it was sold to another (for-profit) company this past summer and we were told that they would not pay into STRS/PE...

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University