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Corpus Christi Hooks, city invest in ballpark upgrades

Whataburger Field at 734 E. Port Ave. in Corpus Christi will undergo $3 million in improvements as the Corpus Christi Hooks prepare for the 2020 season opener April 9. Courtesy photo

Whataburger Field will receive a $3 million makeover as the Corpus Christi Hooks open the 2020 baseball season with a home game April 9 against the North West Arkansas Naturals. Of that money, $2 million comes from the city’s Business and Job Development Fund. The remaining $1 million comes from the team’s Type A Fund investments. The money was approved by the Corpus Christi City Council on January 28.

“We worked diligently with city officials to reach an agreement that ensures Whataburger Field will continue to serve as one of the top-tier venues in the country for baseball of all levels and year-round community events,” Hooks General Manager Wes Weigle said in a media release. “We’re grateful for the city’s commitment to Hooks Baseball and Whataburger Field as a premier location for affordable, family-friendly entertainment in Corpus Christi. We cannot wait to get to work modernizing the ballpark for all of Corpus Christi and our visitors to enjoy.”

Improvements include extended knotless netting down the first- and third-base lines to protect patrons from flyballs. Additional safety features include repairing corrosive steel I-beams.

Additional wall padding will be added, and the training and clubhouse areas will be refurbished. Batting cages will be enclosed and the weight room and clubhouse expanded.

A state-of-the art outfield LED video wall also will be added, and hospitality areas will be enhanced and upgraded.

The Hooks have a lease from the city for Whataburger Field that runs through 2035. The team has invested $3.2 million into facility improvements in the past six years.

A Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Houston Astros, the Hooks have played at Whataburger Field, 734 E. Port Ave. in Corpus Christi, since its completion in 2005.

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