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State funding heading to city stadiums

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Albany will be funding construction projects at Coca Cola Field and for Johnnie B. Wiley on the site of the old War Memorial Stadium in the city of Buffalo.

Fillmore District Common Council Member David Franczyk said he's happy about money going into the continuing effort to keep the baseball stadium in good shape for a variety of events.
"I'm a big supporter of that," said Franczyk.

"I think it's important that this facility continues to be an attraction for people from all wider Western New York, which gives a us a medium-sized city that we have things that people want to see and do and recreate and have fun."

About a million dollars is heading to Johnnie B. Wiley, some of which will go toward an elevator to improve access inside the surviving gatehouse of the old stadium.

Common Council President Darius Pridgen said Johnnie B. Wiley is heavily used, especially the sports fields which are used just about any time there isn't snow on the ground.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.