While 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.
Category Archives: Design & Construction
The 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.
In 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.
This 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 here. View Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan document here.
The $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.
Hartford 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.
Biloxi (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.
The 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 here. Read more here.
The 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.
Bids 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.
The 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.
Despite 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 here. View RFP here. Learn more about the Downtown North development here.
Contracts 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.
The 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.
The 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 Renda. Read more here. Read background here. View original plans here.
Monroe 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.
The 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.
The 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 here. Read press release here.
A 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 here. View map here.
The 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.
A 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.
In 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.
Virginia 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.
The 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.
PRESS 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
Over 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
Despite 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.
A 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 here. View photo gallery here. View 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.
As 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.
For 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 here. View New Ballpark Planning Study here.
Plans 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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 Pendulum! View Twitter photos here. View the old Athletic Park here.