The Laconia Muskrats are excited to announce the construction of a replica Green Monster that will be added to Robbie Mills Field in time for Opening Day. The Muskrat Monster will be an imposing 17 feet tall and 90 feet in length. Attached to the back side of the Monster will be the Muskrats Party Deck where fans can watch the game and enjoy the newest menu item at Robbie Mills Field, ice cold beer. Dunkin’ Donuts of Laconia, lead by Mark Cafua, has signed on as the Muskrat Monster’s premier sponsor.
“We couldn’t convince Terry Francona to manage our club this summer so we brought another part of Fenway up to the Lakes Region,” said Muskrats General Manager Noah Crane. This is the second time in three years that the Muskrats are making improvements to Robbie Mills Field. In 2010 when the team entered the NECBL, major renovations took place to make the facility ready for summer collegiate baseball. The outfield fences were pushed back, the dugouts were extended, a press box was built, and two large sets of bleachers were added. The latest renovations are designed specifically to increase the fan experience at the park. “We have slowly transformed an underused facility into one of the best baseball fields in the state, if not all of New England,” remarked Crane. “The City of Laconia and the people of the Lakes Region have been great to us and this is one way we can say thanks.”
The Muskrats are working with many members from the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association to construct the Monster and Party Deck. “The Muskrats are incredibly grateful for the willingness of LRBRA members to give of their time and expertise to work on this project,” stated Muskrats General Manager, Noah Crane. “This project is truly a community wide effort and the citizens of the Lakes Region are the beneficiaries,” said Crane. Construction will begin in early May and will be overseen by Tradesmen Builders owner, Larry Greeley, who is also a Host Family for the Muskrats. The architectural plans were drawn up by ardent Muskrat fan, Rob Turpin, of Misiaszek & Turpin Architecture of Laconia. Muskrats sponsor, Belknap Landscape, will be handling the excavation and landscaping for the project. When asked why the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association got involved with this project LRBRA President, Julie Hayward, had this to say: “Our diversified group of builders and associate members are focused on using their professionalism to help improve our local communities. The opportunity to work with the City of Laconia and the Laconia Muskrats to bring the ‘Green Monster’ project into reality is what our association is all about!”
On February 22nd the Laconia Parks Commission granted approval to the Muskrats to sell beer during the 2012 season. The new Party Deck on the Monster will allow for the vending and consumption of beer in addition to the other food offerings available to Muskrat fans. The Party Deck will house beer and food vendors, counter space along the Monster, and a section of Monster Seats. The Deck will be 48 feet wide and 42 feet deep and will be accessed by a ramp just past the Muskrats Ticket Booth.”The goal of the Party Deck is to attract the 21-35 year old crowd by creating a unique environment to watch a game,” stated GM Noah Crane. “The Party Deck is a great place to bring a date or get together with friends for outstanding baseball, cold beer, and delicious food.”
The 2012 NECBL season begins on June 7th and Muskrats Opening Night is Friday June 8th at 6:30PM. Season tickets are still available and are only $50. Season tickets can be purchased at the Official Team Store of the Laconia Muskrats, Green Monster Sports in Tilton.