Bowman Field set up for ice hockey

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field is a minor league baseball stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is home to the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York–Penn League. Official seating capacity is 2,366. Opened in 1926, Bowman Field is the second-oldest ballpark in minor league baseball.[1] It is also the home field for the Wildcats of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.[2]

In 2012 Airmen Pond, an outdoor ice hockey rink, was built at Bowman Field; it served as home ice for the Williamsport Outlaws of the Federal Hockey League until their demise in January 2013.

Ice hockey–Federal Hockey League[edit | edit source]

On July 24, 2012 Williamsport mayor Gabriel J. Campana announced that the Williamsport Outlaws of the Federal Hockey League (FHL) would play their 2012–2013 season at an outdoor ice rink built at Bowman Field. The Outlaws were the FHL champions their previous (and first) season, which they played in Wayne, New Jersey as the "New Jersey Outlaws".[3] On August 1 the Crosscutters and Outlaws agreed to terms regarding restoration of the baseball diamond after the removal of the ice rink at the end of the hockey season, though beer sales at Outlaws games were still an issue (as the Crosscutters hold the liquor license for the stadium).[4] Construction of the ice rink, named Airmen Pond after a local sponsor, began in early October. The rink was also open for public skating and use by local amateur teams.[5][6]

The 80' x 200' ice rink officially opened on October 18,[7] and the first home game of the Outlaws' 60-game season on October 24 drew over 3,000 fans, an FHL record. The Dayton Demonz beat the Outlaws 5-2; temperatures were over 65 degrees F (18 degrees Celsius) for much of the game.[8] Williamsport Ice Arena, a local non-profit group headed by FHL commissioner Don Kirnan, operated the ice rink and rented it to the Outlaws and other users. In November 2012, the non-profit filed an injunction seeking to prevent the rink's builder, Rink Specialists of Naples, Maine from repossessing it for late payments; both sides alleged breach of contract. The FHL All Star Game was scheduled to be played at Bowman Field on January 2, 2013.[9][10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pirates & Cardinals to Play at BB&T Ballpark Aug 20. (March 9, 2017).
  2. Wildcat Baseball. Pennsylvania College of Technology. Retrieved on October 14, 2008.
  3. Rupert, Mitch. "Hockey in City Could Face Pitfalls", July 25, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  4. Maroney, Mark. "Crosscutters Reach Deal with Ice Rink Management", August 1, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  5. Maroney, Mark. "Freezing the Field: Building Begins on City Ice Arena", October 4, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  6. "New League for Rink at Bowman", October 2, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  7. Maroney, Mark. "Ice Arena Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Thursday", October 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  8. Felix, Jake. "More Than 3,000 Fans Witness Outlaws' First Game", October 25, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  9. Hutchinson, Matt. "Rink Owners, Non-Profit in Legal Squabble", November 30, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
  10. "Hockey Team: In ‘No Way Part’ of Legal Dispute", December 1, 2012. Retrieved on December 18, 2012. 
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