The opening day of the new Binghamton baseball stadium

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It has been three decades since several thousand people attended the opening ceremonies at Binghamton Municipal Stadium.

I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since the big day: April 16, 1992. It turned out to be a rainy and windy Thursday afternoon when the $4.5 million installation of the Henry Street was ready for baseball.

The opening ceremonies for Binghamton Municipal Stadium took place on April 16, 1992. Photo: Tom Picciano

The opening ceremonies for Binghamton Municipal Stadium were held on April 16, 1992. (Photo: Tom Picciano)

The Binghamton Mets were scheduled to face the Harrisburg Senators that day. But the weather prevented the match from taking place.

It was good for me. The official opening of the stadium was history. I had the opportunity to chat with Governor Mario Cuomo about baseball and the importance of this place in a small town in upstate New York. He seemed to understand why the people of Binghamton were so excited.

Cuomo and Binghamton Mayor Juanita Crabb joined in the festivities, along with New York Mets President Fred Wilpon.

Binghamton-area baseball fans have been waiting nearly 24 years for the moment when they can enjoy their game at a stadium in Broome County. The Triplets played their last game on August 30, 1968 at Johnson Field…a few months before the place was demolished to make way for the Route 17 Expressway.

A circa 1965 aerial view of the site of Henry and Fayette Streets where Binghamton Stadium was built. Photo: Bob Garvin/Brome County Historical Society

A circa 1965 aerial view of the site of Henry and Fayette Streets where Binghamton Stadium was built. (Photo: Bob Garvin/Brome County Historical Society)

During opening ceremonies at the stadium in downtown Binghamton, Crabb said “we’re all singing in the rain”. About 6,000 people filled the place that had previously been part of a dark-looking railroad yard.

People hoping to see the Binghamton Mets that afternoon had to be patient. The weather in April 1992 was fairly typical for the region, with winter seeming reluctant to give way to spring.

Efforts to play the B-Mets’ inaugural game the next two days were thwarted by poor weather. Finally – on Easter Sunday – the first game was played: Binghamton beat Harrisburg 1-0.

A sign at Mirabito Stadium during the Binghamton Rumble Ponies home opener on April 12, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A sign at Mirabito Stadium during the Binghamton Rumble Ponies home opener on April 12, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

It’s pretty safe to say that most who saw this contest agreed that it was worth the wait. Baseball was back in Binghamton.

It was something a lot of people here didn’t believe would happen. But it finally happened.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected].

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