The next time you wander down to watch a Coronado Islander’s baseball game, you may notice some serious changes.
Back in October, under the new Coronado Schools Foundation’s naming rights opportunity, Spiro and Nancy Chaconas, owners of the widely popular and successful restaurant Spiros Greek Café, made an extremely generous $250,000 donation to the Islanders Baseball program, the same program where both of his sons Michael and Demetri excelled at the varsity level. The Islander’s “stadium” will now be named Chaconas Park, and will officially be open for play in February of 2022.
Along with the changing of the name to Chaconas Park, the field itself will undergo several cosmetic changes.
“We are extremely excited and very grateful for the upgrades coming in 2022,” said Islanders Varsity Head Baseball Coach Morgan Cummins. “In the outfield, we’ll be moving the fences back in left field( to 310 down the line and 365 to the gap) and pushing the right-center gap and right-field line in just a bit. We’ll also be giving both dugouts new roofing, while also making some improvements in the team’s clubhouse.”
Along with the brand-new fencing, the infield will be laser leveled to give the Islanders one of, if not the nicest, infields to play on in San Diego county. Laser leveling gives the field a smoother playing surface, reduces standing water with a reduction of low spots or holes and decreases possibilities for injury. Players can also expect fewer bad ball bounces.
The Islanders will also be adding a new scoreboard that will proudly display the name Chaconas Park.
But the updates won’t just be seen on the field of play as well, but they will also be seen in the stands. “We’re going to be improving the PA system and electricity down at the field, and adding new roofing to the snack bar,” added Cummins.
With the official opening of the revamped field, practices and games will take on a more sophisticated quality. Cummins and the team have a lot to look forward to when they begin their season in February.
“I cannot thank Spiro and Nancy (Chaconas) enough for their generous donation and support of the baseball program over the years,” said Cummins. “We’re looking forward to getting on the new field soon.”