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Renovations, promotions, bring more fans to Centennial

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

It's the first ever "Bark in the Park." Lake Monsters General Manager Nate Cloutier says it's a good opportunity for everyone to bring out their furry little friends and enjoy a night at the ballpark.

Each four-legged friend got a seat to the game for five bucks and that money goes right back to the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Humane Society officials say the event is a great way to bring everyone together.

"We think that this is a great way to merge two of America's favorite loves-- dogs and baseball-- and we hope to be able to do this event again," said Megan Stearns, the director of development and outreach at the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

And it's not just baseball and dogs that hit it off Tuesday, Papi and Charlie are two siblings who were reunited at the game.

One of the dogs' owners, Amy Jayne, said, "We actually didn't know that he was going to be here, we just saw him from across the yard."

After about $2 million in upgrades to the oldest stadium in minor league baseball, the goal was to balance the old with the new.

"I think the improvements have been simple enough where we're able to keep the nostalgic look and feel of the stadium," Cloutier said. "It's 107 years old, so there's a lot of things we have to work with."

With improvements like a new seating area in front of the visitors' dugout and a larger area to chow down, the 1,500 brand new permanent fixed seats aren't so bad either.

"Little bit more for longer games, they're better," said Cara Hanson, a Lake Monsters fan.

Pat Leo is another Lake Monsters fan who said, "It's nice, it's neat, it's orderly, we're getting used to it."

This year, the Lake Monsters invited 50 dogs to enjoy Bark in the Park, but they say they may have enough space to invite more dogs to enjoy the game next year.

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