MOOSIC — Overjoyed fans poured into the newly renovated PNC Field in Lackawanna County eager to get a firsthand look at the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders` new home at the team’s home opener.
Many couldn`t believe their eyes.
“It`s awesome! I am so excited to be here, I’ve been waiting for two years for this!,” said Nick Henry of Lake Ariel.
“The stadium looks awesome! I haven`t seen it like this in a long time, hopefully it brings people and we have fun, that`s what it`s all about,” said Pete Laure of Mount Pocono.
With an open concourse, fans won`t miss a moment of the game while grabbing a quick bite or drink at the concession stands or booths around the stadium.
“I`m impressed. This is beautiful, they did a lot of hard work to get the stadium to look the way that it did, so we`re very happy,” said Jennifer Villano of Simpson.
There’s even a play area for the youngsters located by the outfield.
Of course, with the team having a new name to go with its new house, the gift shop was packed with people, grabbing up new team gear.
“It’s great, it`s our own team now, it`s great, we`re happy, “said Diane Defrehn from Plains Township.
As the team took to the field, fans were ready, waiting for this moment for two years as the Railriders played last season on the road while construction work was done at the field.
“It`s been 577 days since the last pitch was thrown here in northeastern PA,” said Rob Crain, the GM of the Railriders. “We`re at standing room only so we`re sold out, and we`re just having people that just want to come in and stand in the stand and watch the game.”
“This is phenomenal,” said Joe Ferran of Lake Wallenpaupack. “The kids were looking forward when they heard it was the grand opening, they hounded me all day and night to come. I surprised them today, they didn`t even know until they got home from school.”
With that, baseball was back in the swing of things in Lackawanna County.