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Eames stadium getting an upgrade

December 19, 2007

Albany - - The city of Albany is moving forward with plans to upgrade Paul Eames stadium even though the future of the South Georgia Peanuts is in question.

Tuesday, the city commission voted to spend $43,000 to build a shade structure for some of the stands.

City manager Al Lott told us it's a good decision since many teams use the stadium, not just the Peanuts.

City leaders say fans need to be protected from the summer sun.  

"One of the biggest problems we've had over the years is with heat in daytime ball games. This is a limited structure not like a large roof structure, but it will provide some shading in the wing areas of the stadium and I think for day games it will make a big difference in comfort level," says Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

City leaders considered a roof for all the stands, but the two to three million dollar price tag was too expensive.

The City recently announced it may sue the Peanuts' South Coast League because it hasn't paid the electric bill at the stadium for 11 months.

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