Redbird fans to return to newly-renovated stadium - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Redbird fans to return to newly-renovated stadium

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With the Memphis Redbirds and St. Louis Cardinals exhibition game coming up soon, the home team is excited about playing in a newly renovated stadium.

John Daniel will soon walk into a stadium with multi-million dollar renovations. He's enjoyed watching all the changes.

"My office actually looks over the field so I saw the field being stripped off and laid down," said Daniel. "Very green, it's looks very beautiful."

On Thursday, WMC Action News 5 got a look inside at the brand new field, two new grass seating areas, and a new LED video board. Click here to see more photos.

Workers were also seen finishing a soon-to-be an all-inclusive club. Also, a barbecue shack is among the many changes coming to the ballpark.

The renovations come with a price tag of $6.5 million, with the City of Memphis paying $4.5 million and the St Louis Cardinals paying $2 million.

"The stadium has been around 15 years and there haven't been noticeable upgrades for a while other than the new video board in right field," said Redbirds general manger Craig Unger.

But some taxpayers now asking — is it really worth it?

"Time will tell. If it brings more people down and generates more revenue for the city it'll be worth it," said Lauren Adams.

The exhibition game is planned for Friday, April 3, and the first home game is scheduled for Thursday, April 9.

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