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Columnist Pleads for Intimacy Amid Talk of Upgrading Coca-Cola Field

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoAs the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (International League) and Kansas City-based architectural firm Populous begin to develop a plan for major upgrades to Coca-Cola Field, one columnist is calling for the seating capacity to be reduced from 18,000 to 12,000 to deal with the stadium’s intimacy problem.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Chase Field’s Swimming Pool

Sports IllustratedArizona Diamondbacks LogoIn a new series called “Ballpark Quirks,” Sports Illustrated takes a look at the distinctive features and oddities that make up each of MLB’s 30 parks.  Up now:  Chase Field’s swimming pool.  Read more and view photo here.

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Pippins Finalize First-Round Ballpark Improvement Plan

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Yakima Valley Pippins are within two months of their inaugural Opening Day. In order to be ready for the return of baseball to Yakima County Stadium, the club has finalized plans for season one improvements to the ballpark. “We are excited to get a shovel in the ground and get started,” said general manager Danny Tetzlaff. “These first-round improvements will take a very good Continue reading

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No Public Marketplace for Skylands Park Property

Sussex Skyhawks LogoThe Frankford (NJ) Land Use Board voted 6-1 Wednesday night to deny an application that would have allowed the use of the currently vacant Skylands Park property as the site of a marketplace.  There has been no new news on the possibility of bringing baseball back to the still-vacant 4,200-seat ballpark.  The facility has been without a baseball team since the indy pro Sussex Skyhawks Continue reading

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Wausau Ballpark Renovations Nearing Completion

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoA completely new grandstand, retail store, luxury suites, larger seats and more bathrooms are among the improvements to Athletic Park that will be revealed May 30 on opening day of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) baseball season in Wausau (WI).  Read more hereView construction photos here.

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‘Bambino’ Party Boat Arrives at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – A 43 foot long by 13 foot wide fishing boat built in the early 1930s  and originally named the ‘Bambino’ was installed at historic Simmons Field this morning as part of the outfield wall and a new party venue. Continue reading

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Naturals Announce Ballpark Additions to Enhance Fan Experience

Northwest Arkansas Naturals LogoPRESS RELATIONS – The seventh season of Naturals baseball will begin on April 10th when the Naturals host the Frisco RoughRiders at 6:05pm. The home opener will allow fans from throughout Northwest Arkansas to see the talented prospects on display, as well as some new ballpark additions made to enhance the overall experience. Continue reading

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Southern Tide 500 Club Highlights 2014 Fan-Experience Enhancements

Greenville Drive LogoPRESS RELEASE – With Opening Day in downtown Greenville three days away, the Greenville Drive are excited to announce what’s new at Fluor Field at the West End this season. Drive Ticket Plan holders got a sneak peek of what’s in store on Wednesday night, as they met the team, learned about the 2014 promo schedule and were part of a special unveiling of the all-new Continue reading

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Take a 360-Degree Tour of Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoCan’t make it to the new Ballpark Village adjacent to Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals?  Check out a cool and complete 360-degree tour of the outside and inside of the new entertainment complex via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Read more and view tour here.

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Ballpark Quirks: The Green Monster

Sports IllustratedIn a new series called “Ballpark Quirks,” Sports Illustrated takes a look at the distinctive features and oddities that make up each of MLB’s 30 parks. First up: Boston’s Fenway Park, and the Green Monster.  Read more here.

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New Fan Amenity: The Rooftop at Coors Field

Colorado Rockies LogoEvery Colorado Rockies fan with a ticket to a game this year at Coors Field will have access to the brand-new party deck above right field called The Rooftop.  At 38,000 square feet, the deck is reportedly the largest in sports.  The new monster-sized fan amenity has firepits, cabanas and a new margarita-themed bar on the mezzanine.  Read more and view photos hereGo to @RoxRooftop.

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Design Teams Present Development Visions for Sulphur Dell Ballpark Area

Nashville Sounds LogoDesign work continues for the neighborhood surrounding the future baseball stadium at Sulphur Dell for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League).  Four design teams from some of the top schools in the nation presented their visions Thursday in the Urban Land Institute’s annual competition to redevelop one neighborhood in the country.  Read more and view news report here.

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Rafters to Add Unique Interactive, Accessible Seating Area to Witter Field

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League announced today plans to build an Interactive Accessible Seating Area at Witter Field, which will be ready for the 2014 season. The addition of this new venue is being made possible by the Northwoods League Foundation, which will provide funding for the project. Continue reading

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Spinners Unveil New High-Definition Videoboard

Lowell Spinners LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, unveiled a new high-definition video board to replace the left-field scoreboard as preparations for June 13’s Opening Day continue at LeLacheur Park. Continue reading

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Newly Renovated Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham Bulls LogoFor its 20th season, the 21st-century Durham Bulls Athletic Park has received an extensive $20 million makeover, and fans and players alike will notice the improvements when the Bulls open defense of their IL championship against the Gwinnett Braves at 6:05 p.m. Thursday.  Read more hereWatch the bull going strong here.

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Multi-Million Dollar Facelift Being Planned for Zephyr Field

New Orleans Zephyrs Alternative LogoPRESS RELEASE – The New Orleans Zephyrs, in collaboration with the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED), have implemented the development of a multi-million dollar facility enhancement plan for Zephyr Field. Continue reading

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San Jose Giants Unveil Improvements to Municipal Stadium

San Jose GiantsPRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants unveiled today a number of improvements to Municipal Stadium designed to enhance the fan experience at the ballpark. Since 1942, Municipal Stadium has been a place for families to gather and watch professional baseball and it has served as the home for top San Francisco Giants prospects since 1988. Continue reading

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Reds Add High-Tech Social Media Zone

Cincinnati Reds LogoThe Cincinnati Reds have added the Reds Connect Zone to Great American Ballpark, a gathering place where fans’ Tweets, Instagram photos, and Vine videos will be displayed on 25 screens located on the third base concourse.  The screens will feature online reactions in real time, as well as Facebook polls and trending topics.  Read more here.

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New Atlantic League Prez Talks Plans for 2014 and Beyond

Atlantic League LogoGet him talking about his early goals as the new president of the indy pro Atlantic League, and you’ll get a good feel for Rick White‘s deep business background.  Read more here.

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The Garden, The Gotham Club New at AT&T Park

San Francisco Giants Logo OrangeThe San Francisco Giants are ushering in their 15th season at AT&T Park with new amenities including the first organic and edible garden at any major-league ballpark and a members-only, speakeasy-style club with bowling lanes that will be reminiscent of the organization’s early days.  Read more hereView Open House news report here.

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Ballpark Village Grand Opening — AND Dress Code

St. Louis Cardinals LogoBallpark Village officially opens Thursday night, and if you plan on heading there, watch what you wear.  If you visit after a late game, don’t bring the kids along.  Read more here.  If you have an issue, talk with co-developer Cordish Cos. of Baltimore.  Read more here.  If you want to read a harsh, profanity-laced spin on the matter, read this from Deadspin.

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New at Great American Ball Park in 2014

Cincinnati Reds LogoThe Cincinnati Reds have added a number of amenities and features to Great American Ball Park that will enhance the fan experience, including The Reds Brewery District, new concessions and food items, new technology, and new exhibits in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.  Read press release hereView new food photo gallery hereCheck out the Reds’ Star Wars mustache t-shirt here.

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Red Wings to Install New RF Videoboard

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Red Wings have announced plans to install a brand-new, full color, LED video board in right field replacing the board that has been there since Frontier Field’s inaugural season in 1997. The new video board, designed and manufactured by Daktronics, will be up and running for Opening Day at Frontier Field on April 5. Continue reading

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Three More Tenants for Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoThe St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies have announced that Jamba Juice, The Fudgery and Majestic Athletic will be setting up shop in the new Ballpark Village set to open on March 27.  Read more hereView schedule of opening festivities hereTake a photo tour here.

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Bisons Announce ‘What’s New’ in 2014

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The sights and sounds of Buffalo Bisons baseball will fill Coca-Cola Field in just 10 days with Opening Day set for Thursday, April 3 against the Rochester Red Wings (2:05 p.m.). And with the announcement of ‘What’s New’ at the ballpark this season, the Bisons Fan Experience will reach fantastic new levels of entertainment and value in 2014. Continue reading

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Somerset Patriots Launch SPN.tv

Somerset PatriotsPRESS RELEASE – The Somerset Patriots have announced the launch of the Somerset Patriots Media Network called SPN, which will operate through the website SPN.tv. Continue reading

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Cardinals Announce AT&T as Rooftop Deck Naming Sponsor

St. Louis Cardinals LogoPRESS RELEASE – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that AT&T has joined Ballpark Village as the naming rights sponsor for the two-story seating deck atop Cardinals Nation. As part of the multi-year agreement, the Cardinals Nation ticketed deck will be known as the AT&T Rooftop. Tickets for the AT&T Rooftop go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. at cardinals.com. Continue reading

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Whitecaps Announce 2014 Ballpark Improvements

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – As the start of the 2014 baseball season fast approaches, the rebuilding process at Fifth Third Ballpark after the January 3 fire is well underway and on schedule to meet completion dates. In addition to rebuilding the first base concourse and suite level, the Whitecaps are also making several key improvements to the ballpark. Continue reading

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Officials Choose Ballpark Artwork: ‘Meandor’ Over ‘Field Condition’

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department and the Lowertown ballpark project team have selected “Meander” — a lengthy public art sculpture composed of 28 lighted pillars — to decorate the west plaza of the new ballpark being built for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more here.

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Kiger Stadium to Get Improvements in Preparation for 2014 WCL All-Star Game

Klamath Falls Gems LogoPRESS RELEASE – Fans will notice significant changes and improvements this spring and summer when attending games at Klamath’s Kiger Stadium. The City of Klamath Falls, The Kiger Association, along with Jerry and Lisa Walker, owners of the Klamath Falls Gems, have pooled together resources for improvements at Kiger Stadium that will include the building of new ADA accessible men’s and women’s restrooms. Continue reading

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Bergen Cliff Hawks Ballpark Proposal Dead, Dead?

Atlantic League LogoOkay, we’re truly reaching here, but in a story about the American Dream at Meadowlands (formerly Xanadu), a shopping and entertainment complex by the creator of the massive Mall of America in Minnesota, there is a hint that the thought-dead proposal for a new ballpark on the site has not been entirely extricated from the scrolls.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Nationals Owner: Roof Over Ballpark Just An Idea

Washington Nationals WDuring an NBA game on Friday, Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner addressed the idea of putting a roof over National Park.  No surprise here, but Lerner says it’s unlikely to happen.  As you recall, the idea was quickly dismissed by D.C. Mayor Vincent GrayRead more and watch clip here.

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Save City Hall Crusader Cries Foul Over Naming of Ballpark Restaurant

El Paso Chihuahuas HeadOne of the biggest opponents of tearing down El Paso (TX) City Hall to make room for the new home of the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League) is quite unhappy that a restaurant being built inside the ballpark will be known as the “City Hall Grill.”  Read more and watch news report here.

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Unique Renovations on Deck for Lugnuts’ Ballpark

Lansing Lugnuts LogoNearing its 20th year in Mid-Michigan, Cooley Law School Stadium could receive a comprehensive renovation to upgrade and modernize the ballpark.  The stadium renovations are part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield, including living space.  Read more here.

CLICK HERE to see 10 renderings of proposed renovations

CLICK HERE to see 10 renderings of proposed renovations

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Historic Duncan Park Renovations Make Debut

Spartansburg Stingers LogoSpectators got their first glimpse of Duncan Park renovations Tuesday during the first Spartanburg High School game there since renovations began.  Opening in 1926, the ballpark is the former home for the Spartanburg Phillies (South Atlantic League) and summer collegiate Spartanburg Stingers (Coastal Plain League).  Read more hereView our ballpark photos from 2007Visit Friends of Duncan Park here.

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Owner Speaks About Operating the RailCats

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPatrick 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.

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Daytona Cubs Prepare to Debut Ballpark Renovations

Daytona Cubs New IdentityA $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.

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Offseason Work Has Zephyrs’ Stadium Ready for 2014 Season

New Orleans Zephyrs LogoWith 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.

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Grand Opening Festivities Announced for Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoThe St. Louis Cardinals are a month away from their home opener at Busch Stadium, but they announced a series of events at the brand new Ballpark Village in St. Louis on Thursday.  Read more here and here.

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Some Saints Fans Cry Foul Over Higher Ticket Prices at New Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoSome 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 hereRead more here.

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