Ground breaking paves way for Wade Stadium renovations

By KBJR News 1

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A ceremonial ground breaking took place on the ball field Tuesday even though actual repair work began last week.

The aging stadium has been the home to the Dukes, Huskies and several college and high school baseball teams.

Seven decades of use has made the venue a little long in the tooth.

Over the next year, work crews will put in artificial turf, a new scoreboard and new lights among other things.

"We're also working along the brick walls to stabilize those walls for public safety and we will be taking them down to a certain level and then rehabbing back up," said Erik Birkeland with the city of Duluth.

Work crews hope to have all the projects done in time for the 2015 Huskies season opener next June.

Dave Anderson