A majority vote on sales tax in Marion County will decide whether or not Ocala (FL) will move forward with building a new baseball stadium for the for the Single-A Tampa Yankees (Florida State League). Read more here.
Category Archives: Design & Construction
The Eau Claire (WI) Waterways and Parks Commission voted 7-5 Wednesday to allow the summer collegiate Eau Claire Express (Northwoods League) to construct two small fan decks within the upper grandstand at Carson Park. Three rows (22 seats) of bench seating would be removed to accommodate the new decks. The proposal will now go before the city council for final consideration. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Tampa Bay Rays are proud to announce a major upgrade to Tropicana Field that will significantly enhance the fan experience for the 2014 season. Continue reading
The home of the Texas Rangers will get renovations to its Diamond Club, and seating, lighting and escalators after Arlington (TX) council members approved $4 million for renovations at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Read more here.
Eugene (OR) School District received four proposals by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to submit offers for Civic Stadium, the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), and the property on which it sits. The offers ranged from a low of $16.56 to a high of $5 million. Read more here. View proposals here.
Members of Metro Council overwhelmingly approved several pieces of legislation that will make it possible to build a new Sulphur Dell stadium for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League). Read more and watch news report here.
Batting around competing definitions of “skin in the game,” two Metro Council committees reached a split verdict Monday on a proposal to make the owners of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) pay up if the mixed-use development they’re planning doesn’t arrive soon after a new taxpayer-funded baseball stadium opens. Read more here.
Once abandoned and rundown, old Bush Stadium, the former home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (International League), looked destined for the wrecking ball. But a unique plan by Core Redevelopment, LLC to revitalize the ballpark by building and renting Stadium Lofts within the confines of the original structure has proven to be a success. Read more here. View photo here. Visit Core Development here.
There’s really not much new news here, but Art Silber, the owner of the Single-A Potomac Nationals (Carolina League), told the Prince William County Board of Supervisors recently that he is getting closer to a deal to bring a new ballpark to Woodbridge (VA). He also said that the team might move, if approvals are not in place to begin construction by 2015. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Mississippi College’s Mike Rice Baseball Field House will contain a locker room, coaches offices, training facilities, equipment storage space, laundry room and much more on the Clinton campus. Continue reading
Castle Field in the Minneapolis suburb of Anoka (MN) opened this past summer after Phase 1 construction. City officials are now looking at completing Phase 2 in 2014, which will include adding restrooms and concessions. The third phase of construction, planned for 2015, will include a plaza area adjacent to the ball field. Meanwhile, discussions continue with a potential ownership group that could Continue reading
Arkansas native and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee and his wife, Kristen, are working to get historic Lamar Porter Field back in tournament-quality shape with a $300,000 commitment of matching funds to start phase one of a $5.6 million renovation. Opening in 1937, Lamar Porter is reportedly the oldest operating ballpark in Arkansas. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more and Continue reading
The seven years since Nashville’s Metro Council last approved a new ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) have brought a new council, new mayor, new owners of the minor league baseball team, and a lower construction price tag. Read more and view great historic Sulphur Dell photo gallery here.
The Cobb County (GA) Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a deal (a memorandum of understanding) to build a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves that would move the Major League Baseball team out of downtown Atlanta. Under the plan, the new stadium would open in 2017. Read more here.
The partners planning to build a $29 million baseball stadium in Fredericksburg (VA) for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) have gotten approval for financing from two banks, though they are still negotiating the terms, City Manager Bev Cameron said Tuesday. Read more here.
The new spring-training facility for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa (AZ) will be known as “Cubs Park” for the time being. The ballpark is nearing completion and will host its inaugural game on Feb. 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The city plans a grand opening of the facility on Jan. 25. Read more here. View photo gallery here.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s plan to build a new ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) at the historic Sulphur Dell site north of downtown took a key step forward Monday as a group of state officials approved a $23 million land transfer to the city. Read more and watch news report here.
In addition to introducing the team’s branding for their inaugural 2014 season at an event Saturday afternoon, the summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) unveiled renovations to historic Simmons Field. For anyone who has visited the park in the past (like we have on several occasions), you will notice substantial changes. View video clip in upper right corner of article here. See photo here.
The Atlanta Braves on Wednesday released renderings of the proposed $672 million Cobb County stadium as well as a projected $400 million mixed-use development that would accompany it. Read more here.
The Biloxi (MS) Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a 6,000-seat minor league baseball stadium with a 350-car garage and a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 90. Read more here.
The city of Columbia (SC) will spend $47,000 to hire a firm to study whether it’s practical to build a baseball stadium and where to place it rather than allow the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce to pay for it. Read more here.
Architects for new ballpark in Lowertown for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) unveiled a slightly revised design concept during an uncommonly packed meeting Tuesday, after the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) sent a letter to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development outlining concerns about the stadium’s aesthetics. Read more here.
Spartanburg (SC) School District 7 is replacing the exterior wall at Duncan Park stadium — the first of several renovation projects planned for the historic stadium. The ballpark was the former home for the Spartanburg Phillies (South Atlantic League) and summer collegiate Spartanburg Stingers (Coastal Plain League). Read more here. Visit Friends of Duncan Park here.
The North Augusta (SC) City Council voted 6-1 Monday for third-reading approval on the ordinance that will allow the city to create a Tax Increment Financing district to fund the $144 million Project Jackson public development. The project could include a baseball stadium for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The board of trustees of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce the name of the facility to be built in Lubbock, Texas: the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Developers have announced plans for a sports and entertainment complex on what is now more than 600 acres of suburban piney woods in New Caney (TX), about 30 miles northeast of Houston. The project would include the Grand Texas Theme Park and a 6,000-seat baseball stadium for an independent professional club. At least part of the complex could be open by the spring of 2015. Read more here. Listen to interview here. View Facebook page here.
Wanting to create a park inside a park, Dave Heller, the owner of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), has bought a new ride called a Drop and Twist to compliment the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park. The attractions will be ready by May 2014 and stay open even when the Bandits are on the road. Read more and watch news report here.
The total cost of the new ballpark project at Sulphur Dell for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will be about $150 million, officials announced Monday. As part of the project’s public-private partnership, the city’s portion of the tab will be $65 million. Read more here.
The Owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) are proposing to make Joplin (MO) their home if the city will agree to an estimated $5.9 renovation of Joe Becker Stadium. The city council voted unanimously Monday to continue discussions. The Diablos were forced out of the El Paso (TX) market with the arrival of a Triple-A Pacific Coast League club. Read more here. Watch news report here.
The Atlanta Braves announced on Monday that they are planning to build a state-of-the-art ballpark that will open in Cobb County, about 14 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, in time for the start of the 2017 season. The proposed stadium will be located on the northwest corner of the I-75 and I-285 intersection. Read more and watch announcement here. Visit HomeoftheBraves.com.