Manchester aldermen have approved a request from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to split the cost of $5.6 million in proposed improvements to Delta Dental Stadium, despite concerns raised by some board members that the minor league baseball team could seek additional funds in the near future.
The cost of the upgrades is about $2.8 million each for the city and the team.
Aldermen voted 8-4 in favor of the split after receiving in writing a promise to extend the ballclub’s agreement with the city through at least 2039, among other assurances.
The stadium improvements will ensure the ballpark meets new standards set last year by Major League Baseball for the Fisher Cats and all 120 affiliated minor league teams. The improvements include larger clubhouses for home and visiting teams, better field lighting, and improved training facilities for players.
The work must be completed by April 2023.