Category Archives: Stadium Issues

‘Bama’s Ballpark Renovations Under Way

Alabama Crimson Tide LogoRenovations are under way at the University of Alabama’s Sewell-Thomas Stadium.  The Crimson Tide baseball team will play all their games away from Tuscaloosa during the 2015 season while their ballpark is being reborn.  Read more and watch video here.

University of Alabama Ballpark Rendering

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Ballpark Quirks: PNC Park’s Clemente Connection

Sports IllustratedPittsburgh Pirates PIn a 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: PNC Park’s Clemente connection.  Read more and view photos here.

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Ballpark Lease Plan More Expensive Than Rejected Bonding Plan

New Britain Rock Cats LogoAccording to an analysis in the Hartford Courant, the public-private partnership between the city of Hartford (CT) and developer DoNo Hartford LLC for downtown redevelopment that includes a new ballpark for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) is likely to cost city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more every year than the maligned plan to issue city bonds.  Read more here.

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Next Spring Training Steps in West Palm Beach

Houston Astros New LogoWashington Nationals WThe Palm Beach County (FL) Tourist Development Council on Thursday voted 6-3 to endorse a 30-year tax revenue commitment of $90 million for a spring training facility for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, but officials will take more time to consider the teams’ request for a 3.5 percent annual escalator that would add $64.9 million over the life of the commitment.  Read more here.  Watch video here.

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Rowdies Closing in On Control of Al Lang Stadium

Tampa Bay Rowdies LogoIn a deal brokered by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, local businessman Bill Edwards appears set to take over control of Al Lang Stadium, the waterfront baseball stadium where his Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer franchise play, possibly ending its almost four-decade history as a baseball venue.  Read more here.

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Baseball Supporters Oppose Pro Soccer at New Westminster (BC) Ballpark

Vancouver Whitecaps FC LogoBaseball supporters in New Westminster (BC) are fighting to stop the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Major League Soccer) from placing a minor soccer franchise at a retrofitted Queens Park Stadium.  Read more and watch news report here.  As you might recall, the summer collegiate West Coast League had explored putting a new baseball franchise at the ballpark a couple of years ago.  Read more here.

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Council Members Pursue Alternative Ballpark Route

Richmond Flying SquirrelsRichmond (VA) City Council members introduced a series of stadium-related measures Monday night that collectively lay out an alternative course of action to the Shockoe Bottom baseball plan proposed by Mayor Dwight C. Jones.  Read more here.

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