By SCOTT JACKSON
The Boston Cannons will undertake $1.5 million worth of renovations to Veterans’ Memorial Stadium in Quincy, including a new state-of-the-art digital scoreboard, stadium-style seating and upgrades to the venue’s press box and locker rooms.
The Boston Cannons, a Major League Lacrosse team, in December announced plans to move to Veterans’ Memorial Stadium from Harvard Stadium starting in the 2019 season. The Cannons pledged to make significant investments into the stadium to benefit all those who use it at that time.
Mayor Thomas Koch said the improvements would benefit all users of the stadium, including the city’s high schools and local youth leagues.
“This extraordinary investment into Veterans Memorial Stadium will benefit all of our young people who use the facility every day as well as the thousands of our residents who attend events there throughout the year,” the mayor said in a statement. “We are thrilled be partners with the Cannons and look forward too many years of collaboration.”
“These upgrades will have a significant and long-lasting impact for Cannons fans and everyone who steps foot inside Veterans’ Memorial Stadium,” added Ian Frenette, the team’s president, “The Cannons are one of many organizations that use the stadium and we are proud to be able to enhance the experience of all users of the facility in the community. Lacrosse and sports fans from the Boston area and across New England are going to really enjoy our new home and expanded Cannons game experience with these first-class amenities at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium.”
A state-of-the-art digital scoreboard and public address system will be the focal point of the renovations to improve fan engagement and experience, the team said. Provided by Daktronics, the digital monitor will have a forty-foot by forty-foot dynamic video display to enhance the stadium experience and introduce opportunities for partner messaging and live in-game content and stats.
Another improvement will be the installation of some 1,000 “Tip-Up” seats in the center sections of the main stand, providing fans a first-class seating experience. The team said the new seats will provide fans with a product equivalent to an NFL stadium experience.
The Cannons will also introduce multiple new seating sections on the northern and eastern side of the stadium to provide more options for fans and expand beyond the current 3,500 seating capacity. The team will install a semi-permanent luxury pavilion called the Champions Club on the eastern side of the stadium. This exclusive ticketed area will include premium food and beverage selections, a private patio, and an active interior space. The Citizens Bank Sideline Club is the “on-field” or “courtside” seating experience that will accommodate 250 people at each game. At the northern end of the stadium, temporary bleachers placed to accommodate an additional 500 fans and will be a seating option for fan groups, charities and youth sports organizations.
Additional renovations will focus on game-day amenities for players, media and Cannons personnel. New state-of-the-art professional-grade locker rooms, new facilities, and locker stalls and an upgraded press box with up to date internet and technology will be added to the stadium.
The team said renovations would be complete by the middle of May. The Cannons are scheduled to play eight home games at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium this season. Their home opener is scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 1 against the Ohio Machine.
The Cannons are one of the original members of the MLL, having competed in each season since 2001. The team won the league title in 2011. Rob Hale, the founder of FoxRock Properties and the president and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, owns the Cannons.