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Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2001

Comiskey Park improvements planned

August 16, 2001

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— Comiskey Park, which opened in 1991, will undergo $6.5 million in renovations after the season aimed at getting the ballpark ready for the 2003 All-Star game.

Alterations include redesign of the batter's eye in center field and improvements to the main and club level concourses. Also, a vertical screen designed to protect fans from lined foul balls while allowing popups to drop will replace the screen currently behind home plate.

The current batter's eye consists of wavy sheet metal which then-White Sox outfielder Albert Belle requested to be painted black after the 1997 season. The new background will be multi-tiered, with the top level partly transparent.

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