Patrick A. Salvi, owner of the indy pro Gary SouthShore RailCats (American Association), spoke Monday during the Gary Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. In addition to providing details about operating the franchise, Salvi stated the team is completing a new marquee to enhance its visibility along the expressway and installing a new video board to bolster the fan experience at U.S. Steel Yard. Read more here.
Category Archives: Amenities & Features
A $1.3 million renovation of Jackie Robinson Ballpark, home of the Single-A Daytona Cubs (Florida State League), is nearing completion, giving players and fans of the minor league baseball team everything from a new entrance gate on the east side of the park to a new concession stand on the west side. Read more and view photo here.
With Opening Day of the 2014 baseball season four weeks away, the New Orleans Zephyrs and Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED) have finished the latest offseason improvements on Zephyr Field, entering its 18th year as the home of Triple-A baseball in the Crescent City. Read more here and here.
Some fans of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are reportedly up in arms over the reality that the comfortable seatback chairs with cupholders behind home plate at the new Lowertown ballpark will be more expensive than the crappy bleacher seats behind home plate at Midway Stadium. Saints GM Derek Sharrer does a nice job explaining the pricing. Watch news report here. Read more here.
The Minnesota Twins held a grand opening of their new 360-degree boardwalk at Hammond Stadium — the team’s spring-training facility in Fort Myers (FL). We love it! View photo gallery here.
PRESS RELEASE – CO Brown Stadium in Bailey Park, home of the Battle Creek Bombers, is set to receive new renovations this spring to precede the 2014 Bombers season. Continue reading
As construction nears completion on the new home for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), contractors used a huge crane on Friday to lift panels into place for the facility’s main 30 feet by 82 feet videoboard. Read more and watch video here. Meanwhile, the Knights have released their promo schedule and celebrity appearances, entertainment acts, and tribute nights for the 2014 season.
PRESS RELEASE – The Albuquerque Isotopes announced today the addition of a new high-definition LED videoboard which will be installed at Isotopes Park in time for Opening Night on April 11. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Buffalo Bisons today announced the installation of two exciting new features to Coca-Cola Field that will greatly enhance the fan experience at Coca-Cola Field; a 120- Speaker Distributed Sound System and a pair of 50-foot Full-Video LED Message Boards on the ballpark’s club-level façade. Both are a direct result of a strong public-private partnership that exists between Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons announced today that a complete renovation of Fifth Third Field luxury suites is currently underway. Dragons President Robert Murphy made the announcement in a news conference at the ballpark. Continue reading
The community is being asked to vote on their favorite public art piece for the new Lowertown ballpark under construction for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). The deadline for participation is 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2014. Read more here. Learn more about the art concepts here. Vote here.
The Minnesota Twins led a tour of Hammond Stadium on Wednesday, as Phase One of a $48.5 million renovation of the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers (FL) neared completion. The Twins play their spring training home opener on March 1 against the Boston Red Sox. Read more here. Watch video here. View construction photos here.
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that Tengo Sed Cantina, a Mexican restaurant, will be the eighth tenant to occupy the 100,000-square-foot Ballpark Village entertainment district adjacent to Busch Stadium. Read more here.
A devleoper is exploring building of a 26-story high-rise apartment building at an uptown Charlotte site next to BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), that would include some retail space and would be built atop three stories of underground parking. Read more here.
The El Paso (TX) City Council on Tuesday will consider plans to improve the atmosphere near the new downtown ballpark under construction for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League. They’ll consider the creation of a “fun zone” designed to accommodate fans in the entertainment district of Union Plaza on game days. Read more here. View agenda here.
Commissioners in New Hanover County (NC) voted 4-0 Monday in favor of spending about $50,000 to help with improvements to Buck Hardee Field, home of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League). The Sharks will pay for half of the $325,000 renovation project, with three government entities picking up the tab for the other half. Read more here and here.
A company based in Arnold is putting the finishing touches on the new signs for Cardinal Nation at Ballpark Village outside Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. The large LED signs have been in production for nearly six months. They include lettering for rooftops as well as inside the building. Read more and watch video here.
PRESS RELEASE – The St. Louis Cardinals, The Cordish Companies and PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) announced today that PBR St. Louis will expand and add a new component to their brand with The Barn at PBR St. Louis, opening at Ballpark Village this Spring. Continue reading
Whenever the snow melts and the first pitch is thrown, fans of the Clemson Tigers will get their first look at partially reconfigured Doug Kingsmore Stadium, which underwent a comprehensive resurfacing project in the off-season. The next phase of the stadium project will include additional field-level premium seating behind the plate, and expanded and improved locker room and player development areas. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Bowling Green Ballpark may be entering just its sixth season, but new Bowling Green Hot Rods owners Stuart and Jerry Katzoff (Manhattan Capital LLC.) have announced exciting renovations to the ballpark for the 2014 campaign. A “funner” new experience, both inside and out of the ballpark, is on the way. The facelift is scheduled to be complete for Citizens First Opening Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Tonight the Green Bay City Council approved the Green Bay Bullfrogs proposed improvements to Joannes Stadium for the 2014 season. The Council unanimously approved the improvements the new owners proposed. All projects will be funded entirely by the new ownership group of the Green Bay Bullfrogs and will not disrupt any games scheduled at the ballpark this spring. Continue reading
FOX 2 in St. Louis (MO) has provided an exclusive look inside the new Ballpark Village under construction outside Busch Stadium with a special tour given by Bill DeWitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals. Read more and watch video here.
Next week, Major League Baseball will reportedly begin rolling out thousands of iBeacons in ballparks around the country. The league is looking to have twenty parks outfitted with roughly 100 iBeacons each by Opening Day at the end of March. Boston, Milwaukee, San Diego, LA Dodgers, and San Francisco are among the teams that will have iBeacons installed. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – At tonight’s meeting of the City of Green Bay Parks Committee, the Green Bay Bullfrogs proposed several improvements to Joannes Stadium that would be completed in time for the 2014 season. The proposed improvements were approved unanimously with a 3-0 vote and will now be considered at the February 4th City Council meeting. Continue reading
The owners of the summer collegiate Champion City Kings, the rebranded Prospect League franchise that recently relocated from Slippery Rock (PA) to Springfield (OH), plan to purchase and install an approximately $200,000 video scoreboard at Carleton Davidson Stadium, the team’s new home. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Springfield Cardinals, Double-A affiliate of the 11-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, are excited to announce a new partnership with Expedia®. The partnership includes a naming rights component that will rebrand the Redbird Roost at Hammons Field as the Expedia® Redbird Roost. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks announced today major renovations at Canal Park for the 2014 Eastern League season, including details regarding the previously-announced new year-round restaurant and information about new picnic and premium areas in left field and right field. Continue reading
The new video board is currently being installed at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, home of the Texas A&M University Aggies. The new board, which measures almost 1,400 square feet, will be the largest in the SEC and one of the five largest in college baseball. It will be completed in time of opening day of the 2014 season. Read more and view photo here.
Facing opposition from an anti-binge drinking group and doubts the Eau Claire (WI) City Council would approve plans, the summer collegiate Eau Claire Express (Northwoods League) withdrew their request to add two small group decks within the grandstand at Carson Park. Read more here. View rendering of proposed deck here. Don’t get us started!
PRESS RELEASE – BB&T Ballpark, the new Uptown Charlotte home of the Charlotte Knights, will be providing fans in the area with more than just baseball and events year-round. The new ballpark for the Knights will be home to ‘The Fuzzy Peach’, a North Carolina-based frozen treats store that will feature delicious healthy desserts including frozen yogurt, waffle cones and cups, and more, all-year-round. A grand opening is planned for April of 2014. Continue reading
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides’ (International League) recently approved lease with Harbor Park stabilizes the club’s long relationship with the city and calls for improvements to the 21-year-old structure. Read more here.
A request by the summer collegiate Eau Claire Express (Northwoods League) to install two small fan decks within the grandstand of historic Carson Park will be voted on this week by the Eau Claire (WI) City Council. Read more here. We assume the decks will be similar in nature to the primitive suite decks built and used by the NWL’s Madison Mallards before Warner Park underwent major renovation.