Mankato’s Franklin Rogers Park is ready for baseball and officially re-opens for business Friday.

A grand reopening will celebrate the renovations made to the home of the Mankato Moondogs and area high school and college baseball teams.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m., a ceremony will be held at 5:00 p.m. and city officials say Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson will throw out the first pitch….as will Moondogs owners Kyle Smith, Chad Surprenant, Dan Kapanke, Chris Goodell and Ben Kapanke.

Following the event, there will be two Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association games.

Renovations include installation of artificial turf on the entire field, new restrooms and concessions buildings, new dugouts and locker rooms, roof-top club seating and premier seating options, an updated Dog Pound party deck, new video and scoreboards, and landscaping.

The overall costs of the renovations are about $4 million, and city officials say the project was financed by sales tax proceeds and the Mankato MoonDogs.