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New Pokes Ballpark Design Concept Should Be Completed Soon

Oklahoma State Alternative LogoWhile the fund-raising process continues, the design concept of a new $35 million to $40 million baseball facility for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys should completed within the next month.  The likely best-case scenario is that the new ballpark would be completed in time for the 2017 season.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Council Approves Ballpark Construction Bid

Biloxi Baseball Double BConstruction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) could get underway as soon as mid August, as the city council approved a trimmed-down construction bid Tuesday.  Read more here and here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Budget Trimmed, Time to Move Ahead

Biloxi Baseball Double BThe City of Biloxi (MS) has trimmed enough off of the cost of the planned minor league baseball stadium that it is now ready to move forward with construction, according to a release from the city Friday.  Read more here.

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Columbia Authorizes Borrowing for New Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoIn a four to one vote, the Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance allowing the city to issue Special Obligation Bonds to raise no more than $35 million to pay for the construction of the proposed multi-use baseball stadium and facilities, equipment and improvements at the Bull Street development.  Read more here and here.

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Return of Minor League Baseball Back on Dubuque Radar

Dubuque Packers LogoThis is in the very early stages, but conceptual drawings for the long-term development plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque (IA) include a 6,000-seat minor-league ballpark.  Read more with subscription hereView Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan document here.

Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.01.14

Dubuque’s Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.02.14

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Renovation of ‘Bama Ballpark Begins with Demolition

Alabama Crimson Tide LogoThe $35 million facelift of Sewell-Thomas Stadium that’ll likely displace the University of Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team in 2015 first requires some demolition.  Read more and view demolition photos here.

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Hartford Drops Public Financing Plan for New Ballpark, Will Seek Private Investment

New Britain Rock Cats LogoHartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Bids Come in Over Budget, Name-the-Team Contest Ends, Huntsville Wants New Team

Biloxi Baseball Double BBiloxi (MS) city officials learned Wednesday that the lowest contractor bid for a new stadium was at $32.27 million, some $5 million more than the initial budget.  This could keep the team in Huntsville (AL) for the 2015 season.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, Biloxi Baseball’s name-the-team contest has eneded with 60,000 votes.  Read more here.  Meanwhile Huntsville wants new team.  Read more here.

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Cubs Score Victory with Landmarks Commission

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs have taken a step toward with their plan to renovate Wrigley Field, as the city’s landmarks commission on Thursday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines.  Read more and watch news report hereRead more here.

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A Virtual Tour of the Sounds’ New Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) debuted a virtual video tour of the team’s new ballpark on Tuesday, including flyover images of the stadium and details about the suites and social areas.  Read more and watch video here.

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Time to Build in Biloxi, Construction Bids Will be Opened Wednesday

Biloxi Baseball Double BBids will be opened Wednesday for construction of the minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Over the next nine months, South Mississippi will be witness to the birth of the stadium and a team.  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering

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Sounds to Host Virtual Tour of New Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will host a virtual video tour and informational meeting about the minor-league baseball team’s new ballpark on July 8.  Read more here.

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Hartford Issues RFP for Downtown North Development

New Britain Rock Cats LogoDespite voices of opposition, Hartford (CT) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for re-developing the Downtown North area of the city, which is slated to include a new baseball stadium for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League).  Responses are due by August 1.  Read more hereView RFP hereLearn more about the Downtown North development here.

New Britain Rock Cats New Hartford Stadium Rendering

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Downtown Amarillo Ballpark Development Picks Up Steam

Amarillo Sox LogoContracts needed to kick off the design, engineering and construction of a $113 million development project for downtown Amarillo (TX) that includes a new $30 million ballpark could be completed in the next six weeks, according to two city officials.  Read more here.

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Rollins College Buckles on Ballpark Plan, Winter Park to Look Elsewhere

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesThe Rollins College board of trustees has decided against moving ahead with a stadium deal at Harper-Shepherd Field, in response to more than 200 emails and letters from residents concerned about noise and traffic.  Winter Park (FL) will continue to evaluate a pair of other sites for a possible stadium.  Read more here.

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Pilots Getting Ballpark Upgrades

University of Portland Pilots LogoThe University of Portland has started a renovation of Joe Etzel Field that includes installing artificial turf and will eventually include adding lights.  The university has raised $850,000 for the renovations, including $400,000 from Safeway executive and University of Portland regent Larree RendaRead more hereRead background hereView original plans here.

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Red Wings Seeking State Funds for Frontier Field Upgrades

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoMonroe County and the Rochester Red Wings are seeking $4.5 million from the state for a $7.5 million makeover of Frontier Field, which could include a baseball museum in the old firehouse, installing a new field, revamping the concourse and suites and improving the front gate entrance.  Read more here.

Rochester Red Wings Frontier Upgrades Rendering

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Columbia Moves to Borrow $35 Million for Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.  Mayor Steve Benjamin justified the move by saying people elect the council to make decisions, and the council takes out loans for millions in projects – to build sidewalks, buy police cars, improve water and sewage service.  Read more here.

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Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan Not Dead

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe withdrawn proposal for a new baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom will return.  Today, Mayor Dwight Jones made it clear he was not going to back away from the Shockoe ballpark plan.  In May, the mayor took his proposal off the table before City Council members had a chance to shoot it down.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Charlotte Ballpark Most High-Tech Thanks to High-Tech Infrastructure

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) partnered with Hickory (NC)-based CommScope to make sure their new BB&T Ballpark one of the most technologically advanced in minor league baseball.  Read more here.

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A More Advanced Guitar Scoreboard for New Sounds Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will still have a guitar-shaped scoreboard when they move into their new home next year.  Team owner Frank Ward and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Friday unveiled plans for the new state-of-the-art scoreboard at First Tennessee Park — currently under construction in the Sulphur Dell area.  Read more and view photos hereRead press release here.

Nashville Sounds New State-of-the-Art Guitar Scoreboard

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Developing the Old Sawmill District Next to Osprey’s Home

Missoula Osprey LogoA development team looking to transform an old sawmill site along the Clark Fork River in Missoula (MT)  into a trendy urban village, complete with condominiums, office space, shopping, dining, student housing and senior living.  That should be good news for next door neighbor Ogren Park Allegiance Field, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League).  Read more hereView map here.

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Columbia Approves Ballpark Development Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council has approved a venue development agreement for the minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street development, signaling the city’s next step toward establishing the cornerstone of the mixed-use development.  Read more here.

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Funding for Meeting Space Added to Malden Ballpark Plan Progresses in Legislature

Malden MA SealA plan to add state-funded conference meeting space at the proposed now-$80 million Malden (MA) ballpark to house a proposed indy pro Atlantic League franchise is making progress at Beacon Hill, as funding for the amenity has been passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate as part of a capitol bonds bill.  Read more here.

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Burlington (NC) Dreams of New Downtown Ballpark

Burlington Royals SecondaryPowers in Burlington (NC) dream of a new downtown ballpark for the Rookie-level Burlington Royals (Appalachian League), but it’s really nothing more than a dream right now.  The B-Royals currently play at Burlington Athletic StadiumRead more here.

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New Green Bay Ballpark Back on the Table

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2In an effort to block Walmart’s proposed store in the city’s downtown, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt reportedly is pitching the idea of instead using the site for a new baseball stadium.  Read more here.

Rendering of new waterfront ballpark proposed by original owners of the Green Bay Bullfrogs

Rendering of new waterfront ballpark proposed by original owner of the summer collegiate Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northoods League)

 

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More Virginia Beach Ballpark Details Emerge

Virginia Beach Neptues LogoVirginia Beach (VA) now has a better idea of what the future home of the developing Virginia Beach Neptunes would entail, as Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC included more details of the project in applications for two permits and a change of zoning that go before the Planning Commission this week.  Read more here.

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River Falls (WI) to Open New Ballpark Friday

River Falls Fighting Fish LogoFirst National Bank of River Falls Field will open in River Falls (WI) on Friday.  The new, $800,000 ballpark will be home to the River Falls Fighting Fish, an amateur team, and other local teams.  Read more and view photo hereRead our more detailed previous update here.

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No Cost-Benefit Study for Columbia Ballpark Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe development of Columbia’s baseball stadium will continue without a study of the costs and benefits of the project. In a 3-2 vote, Columbia City Council members voted Tuesday to move forward with building the multipurpose venue without the much discussed cost-benefit analysis.  Read more here.

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Lansing City Council Approves $23.5 Million Cooley Law School Stadium Renovation and Development

Lansing Lugnuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – On Monday night, the Lansing City Council officially approved a plan for Cooley Law School Stadium to receive a fully-modernizing $10.5 million renovation as part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield. Continue reading

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Rowdies Pushing St. Pete Toward New Soccer Tradition

Tampa Bay Rowdies LogoOver the next few weeks, the turf at Al Lang Stadium will be ripped up and replaced — a $250,000 investment by St. Petersburg (FL) to placate Tampa Bay Rowdies (North American Soccer League) owner Bill Edwards.  That’s a short-term fix, as Edwards wants the aging facility replaced with a soccer-only venue.  Ultimately, as the city considers a developing downtown waterfront master Continue reading

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Eyeing a New Baseball Stadium for Pokes

Oklahoma State Alternative LogoDespite being taken out of the NCAA tournament Saturday night by the UC Irvine Anteaters in a best-of-three game Super Regional series in Stillwater (OK), Oklahoma State’s baseball resurrection is sparking a renewed enthusiasm to build a new $50 million stadium for the Cowboys as the final project at the OSU Athletic Village.  Read more here.

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A Strong Home Opener for Oilers, Newly Renovated Bradner Stadium Gets a New Logo

Olean OilersA reported 2,000 fans showed up at newly renovated Bradner Stadium Friday night for the Olean Oilers’ (New York Collegiate Baseball League) home opener.  Read more hereView photo gallery hereView Facebook photo here.  To compliment the ballpark’s renovations, a new logo designed by a local community college student will soon adorn the back of Bradner’s press box facing East State Street.  Read more and view photo here.

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Ballpark Traffic and Parking Study Up Next in Winter Park

Brevard County ManateesAs the city of Winter Park (FL) awaits approval from Orange County for plans to build a new minor league baseball stadium where Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepherd Field is now, the city is launching a study of the traffic patterns leading to the site and what parking issues need to be resolved.  Read more here.

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Rock Cats to Hartford: The New Ballpark Planning Study

New Britain Rock Cats LogoFor those interested in ballpark feasibility research and analysis, Brailsford & Dunlavey, in partnership with Pendulum, handled the duties for Hartford (CT), as the “Insurance Capital of the World” sought to lure the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) 12 miles northeast to a new downtown Hartford ballpark.  The report is dated February 18, 2014.  Read more hereView New Ballpark Planning Study here.

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Rock Cats Moving to New $60M Stadium in Hartford

New Britain Rock Cats LogoIn a deal announced Wednesday, the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) will be moving from New Britain (CT) to a new $60-million ballpark just north of downtown Hartford (CT) in time for the 2016 season.  Read more here.  Some folks in New Britain aren’t too happy.  Read more here.

New Britain Rock Cats New Hartford Stadium Rendering

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Zimmerman’s Frontier League Ballpark Proposal Could be Expanded

Frontier League logoPlans for an indy pro Frontier League baseball stadium in Oak Creek (WI) in suburban Milwaukee may be expanded to include a connected Major League Soccer complex and a sports dome for indoor training and events.  Read more here.

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Redding Colt. 45s Begin 2014 Season at Improved Tiger Field

Redding Colt .45s LogoThe independent summer collegiate Redding Colt .45s have renovated Tiger Field in time for the 2014 season.  Read more and watch video here.  We’re not sure of the status of the former Travis Credit Union Park in Vacaville (CA) that was sold, dismantled and relocated to Redding (CA) several years ago but has yet to be reconstructed.

Tiger Field renovations, Redding Colt .45s Facebook photo

Tiger Field renovations, Redding Colt .45s Facebook photo

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Kenosha Kingfish Reel in 3,218 Fans for Inaugural Home Opener at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoThe summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) dropped their inaugural home opener 11-7 in extra innings to the Mankato MoonDogs, but that didn’t spoil the fun for the sellout crowd of 3,218 who showed up to watch their new team and experience the impressively renovated historic Simmons Field.  Read more here.  Compare this to the one-year-and-gone indy pro Kenosha Mammoths (Frontier League) game we attended at Simmons back in 2003.  View our photos here.

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck on home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck during home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

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Woodchucks Open Newly Renovated Ballpark

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoThe summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) held their home opener Friday night in front of 1,751 at newly renovated Athletic Park in Wausau (WI).  The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters defeated the Woodchucks 8-4 to keep the home team winless at 0-4, but let’s focus on the ballpark renovations designed by PendulumView Twitter photos hereView the old Athletic Park here.

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

 

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