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PNC Field, formerly Lackawanna County Stadium (1989-2007), is a 10,982-seat minor league baseball stadium in Moosic, Pennsylvaniamarker (between Scrantonmarker and Wilkes-Barremarker). The stadium was opened on April 26, 1989, and is the home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees. The field's dimensions and turf surface were designed to match those of Veterans Stadiummarker in Philadelphiamarker, then home to the Red Barons' original major league affiliate, the Philadelphia Phillies. Lackawanna County sold the naming rights to PNC Bank on February 1, 2007.

Operations of both the stadium and the Yankees' franchise were taken over by Mandalay Baseball Properties for the 2007 season, coinciding with the first year of the Yankees' affiliation to the New York Yankees. Previously, the stadium and franchise were managed by the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority, which was heavily criticized for being constantly mired in county politics.

As part of the agreement with Mandalay, the county replaced the turf field with a sand-based bluegrass playing surface identical to the one at Yankee Stadiummarker for the start of the 2007 season. However, during the 2009 season, the team had to cancel seven home games due to flooding of the playing field, apparently because proper drainage for the new natural grass had not been installed.[127986] Mandalay also removed the top four rows of the stadium's upper deck, and relocating those seats to the former bleacher areas in the lower deck along the first and third base lines.

Through 2006, the stadium also hosted the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships for high school marching band, as well as home games of Scranton Preparatory School'smarker football team. These, and all other non-baseball events, are no longer hosted at the stadium due to its conversion to a natural grass playing surface.In July of 2009, PNC field had to cancel several games due to poor water drainage. In July 2009, the United States Attorney issued a grand jury subpoena to the Lackawanna County Stadium Authoritymarker as part of an investigation into the awarding of contracts from 2004-2008.


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