Some Fayetteville (NC) leaders would like to copy a few pages from Durham’s (NC) playbook when it comes to downtown revitalization, including building a new ballpark. As part of their exploratory efforts, officials visited the home of the Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League). Read more and watch news report here. Fayetteville currently hosts the successful summer collegiate Fayetteville SwampDogs (Coastal Plain League) at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
Category Archives: Stadium Issues
Macomb County (MI) Executive Mark Hackel on Monday announced a new 2,500-seat, multi-million dollar semi-professional baseball stadium that will be constructed within the next two years just west of downtown Utica. General Sports Entertainment (GSE) of Rochester (MI) is behind the project. Read more here. UPDATED: View official announcement here. Three or four teams will reportedly play out of the stadium as part of a new league that will be launched by GSE. Read post-announcement news here.
Mississippi State University has announced plans for a new $40 million baseball stadium for the Bulldogs. The ballpark will be a completely new facility on the site of the current Dudy Noble Field/Polk-Dement Stadium, rather than a renovation of the existing structure. Read more and view renderings here. View video here.
Owners of the rooftop clubs near Wrigley Field sued the city Thursday, seeking to block a city-backed plan that will allow the Cubs to expand the aging ballpark. Read more here
Glendale and Goodyear (AZ) may not receive any of the $100 million-plus in repayments the cities were promised for Cactus League baseball complexes, because tax revenue used to pay them continues to fall below original projections. Read more here.
The partners seeking to build a baseball stadium in Fredericksburg for the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) are roughly $18 million short in funding and may not go forward with the project without additional financial help. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – With a 1-0 defeat of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Sunday night, the Green Bay Bullfrogs 2014 season officially came to a close. It was a new year for the franchise in Green Bay this season as new ownership, new coaches, and new players took over and exceled on and off the field. The team’s record vastly improved from last season while the Bullfrogs set a record for Continue reading
The Hartford City Council moved forward with plans to build a new ballpark for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) by approving land purchases for both the stadium and the Downtown North development. Read more here.
Three of the four proposals submitted to develop Hartford’s Downtown North area and build a ballpark there have met the city’s criteria, according to a release from the mayor’s office Wednesday. Read more here.
The Indians plan an extensive renovation of Progressive Field during the next two years, remodeling the 20-year-old downtown ballpark to better connect with their fans. Read more here.
The Oakland A’s have begun talks with an architect to build a baseball-only stadium at the Coliseum site, A’s owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – It’s always a sad situation when a city loses a Minor League baseball team. El Paso saw its beloved Diablos move away following the 2004 season. When the City realized that it would take a new ballpark to lure an affiliated Minor League franchise back to that market, they didn’t just build a new park. No, they constructed one of the great facilities in the sport. Continue reading
After considerable delays on a project that was initially targeted to be done in time for last spring, Coastal Carolina University officials are being told the school’s new baseball stadium is finally nearing the stage of “substantial completion.” Read more and view photo here.
Hartford city officials said Monday that they received four proposals to develop land north of downtown — a project that would include housing, retail and a 9,000-seat minor league baseball stadium. The deadline to submit proposals was 3 p.m. Friday. Read more here. Watch news report about the possible relocation of Thomas Hooker Brewery to the site here.
The owner of the indy pro Amarillo Sox (American Association) had to reiterate the team’s support for the city’s effort to bring a new baseball stadium to downtown Amarillo (TX), after Sox General Manager Mark Lee suggested the city should have started revitalization by fixing the downtown Civic Center and upgrading Potter County Stadium, where the team currently plays. Read more here. Watch Lee’s interview here at the 1:36 mark.
Once lovingly called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” Houston’s iconic Astrodome has seen far better and more glamorous days. After an earlier movement to restore the ailing stadium as a convention center failed, a new proposal garnering attention would tear down the dome, fill the space with a lush park, and erect a miniature version of the dome in the middle. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
New Britain (CT) city attorneys put the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) on notice by certified mail Friday that they are in default of their lease agreement because they have not paid the city of Berlin (CT) $164,569 they owe in taxes. The Rock Cats owe Berlin taxes because some of the New Britain Stadium property straddles the town line. According to the New Britain mayor’s office, Continue reading
In 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: Oriole Park at Camden Yards’ B&O Warehouse. Read more and view photos here.
Hamline University’s baseball team will make its home next year at St. Paul’s new downtown ballpark, sharing the Lowertown facility with its primary tenant — the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). Read more here.
As a follow up to today’s news that the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) are relocating to Lexington County (SC), below are renderings of the new ballpark and the press release:
The owner of the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) announced Monday that the team is moving to Lexington County (SC) for the 2015 season. The Blowfish will play at a newly constructed baseball stadium on Ballpark Road at the site of the old Wildcat Hollow football stadium. Read more here. View press release below: Continue reading
In the world of independent professional baseball, there is no more hallowed ground than the indy pro St. Paul Saints’ (American Association) Midway Stadium. This is where independent baseball was born and first thrived. The Saints will soon say farewell to the only home they’ve ever known and move into a new, $54 million Lowertown ballpark next season. Read more here.
A new rendering of the Monongalia County Ballpark currently under construction for the West Virginia University Mountaineers baseball team (and possibly a Single-A New York-Penn League club) in Morgantown (WV) has surfaced. The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 college baseball season. Read more here. View construction webcam here.
In 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: Wrigley Field’s brick and ivy outfield wall. Read more and view photos here.
Ed Spears, the Executive Director of Community Maritime Park Associates, say that work is underway to sell the naming rights to Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League), for between $250,000 and $500,000 (annually, we assume). The deadline for brokers to submit their proposals is August 25 at 2:00 p.m. Read more here.
In Part I of a four-part series, New Herald writer Brad Milner begins exploring the prospects for and potential impact of a proposed $30 million ballpark and minor league franchise in Panama Beach City/Bay County (FL). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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.
An effort to include historic Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson (NJ) within the boundaries of Great Falls National Park gained momentum this week, with the U.S. House unanimously passing Rep. Bill Pascrell’s legislation Tuesday and a U.S. Senate committee holding a hearing on Wednesday. Read more here. View aerial of ballpark and national park. Visit Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium here. Thanks to John Cerone for the news.
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.
Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls (NY) is by no means a free agent, but Mayor Paul Dyster’s administration is open to the idea of finding a private operator for the field which has now reverted back to city control. Read more here. The facility is the current home of the summer collegiate Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League).
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.
In 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: Target Field’s Plaza. Read more and view photos 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.