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UI-Chicago Flames to Open New $10 Million Ballpark Thursday

University of Illinois Chicago Flames LogoOfficials from the University of Illinois at Chicago will officially unveil the school’s new $10 million baseball stadium during opening festivities on Thursday.  The ballpark is named after Curtis Granderson, the New York Mets outfielder and three-time Major League Baseball all-star who ponied up $5 million for the project.  Read more hereView photos of incomplete stadium here.

University of Illinois at Chicago New Ballpark Rendering

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The Top Five Must-See College Ballparks

NCAA LogoNCAA.com takes a look at the top five must-see college ballparks from across the country.  The facilities at the University of San Diego, Louisiana State University, University of Oregon, University of South Carolina, and Mississippi State made the list.  Watch video here.

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Celebrating Historic Hinchliffe Stadium

NewYorkBlackYankeesNewYorkCubansIn the sunshine of a blustery spring morning in Paterson (NJ), Hinchliffe Stadium came back to life on Wednesday as several hundred people flocked to the historic ballpark to pay homage to its legacy and paint its walls.  Read more and watch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Franklin Moves Toward Approving New Ballpark, $100 Million Development

Frontier League logoFranklin (WI) officials, pursuing the potential for $100 million in development that would create a new downtown for the Milwaukee County suburb, endorsed a $10.5 million deal for the construction of a new indy pro Frontier League baseball stadium that would serve as a catalyst to spur private commercial projects.  The Common Council is scheduled to meet April 22 to vote on the plan.  Read more here.

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Envious Former Councilman Wants Movement on New Downtown San Antonio Ballpark

San Antonio Missions LogoThe news out of Charlotte (NC) this weekend touting the opening of a shiny, new downtown ballpark was not lost on John Clamp.  The former San Antonio councilman sent a local business reporter a link to some of that coverage in the Charlotte Observer, along with a query: “What are we doing?”  Read more here.

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First Concrete Footings for New Saints Ballpark to be Poured Wednesday

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoMudonna, the official mascot of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), will join work crews from the Ryan Companies at 2 p.m. Wednesday as they pour the first concrete footings for the city’s new 7,000-seat regional ballpark in Lowertown.  Read more hereWatch construction video here.

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Say Goodbye to Compadre Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers Mitt Logo Compadre Stadium in Chandler (AZ), the former spring-training home of the Milwaukee Brewers, was purchased by Standard Pacific Homes, which plans to raze the park and replace it with homes.  Read more here.

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Save Bringhurst Field!

Save Bringhurst Field LogoA proposal to increase the recreation millage in Alexandria (LA) is on next month’s ballot.  A draft of the recreation millage reportedly talks about converting historic Bringhurst Field into a lazy river and more parking for a zoo expansion, but a grassroots Facebook group created Friday called “Save Bringhurst Field” wants to save the ballpark.  The city says the future of Bringhurst has not been determined.  Continue reading

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Columnist Pleads for Intimacy Amid Talk of Upgrading Coca-Cola Field

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoAs the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (International League) and Kansas City-based architectural firm Populous begin to develop a plan for major upgrades to Coca-Cola Field, one columnist is calling for the seating capacity to be reduced from 18,000 to 12,000 to deal with the stadium’s intimacy problem.  Read more here.

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Cleveland’s Historic League Park Getting $6M Restoration

Cleveland Indians 1915-1920The city of Cleveland is spending $6.3 million to restore and renovate what’s left of historic League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played in the early 1900s.  The project includes installation of an artificial turf baseball field.  Read more and view photo gallery hereGo to LeaguePark.orgGo to League Park Wiki page.

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Ballpark Quirks: Chase Field’s Swimming Pool

Sports IllustratedArizona Diamondbacks LogoIn a new 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:  Chase Field’s swimming pool.  Read more and view photo here.

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A’s to Hillsboro? Highly Unlikely

Oakland A's LogoLynn Lashbrook, sports agent and long-time promoter of bringing MLB to Portland (OR), is suggesting that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) could serve as a temporary home for the Oakland A’s, while a new MLB ballpark is built in the Rose City.  Read more here.  Rather than blabber on here about the many obstacles, we’ll let Portland-based MLB business analyst Continue reading

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Pippins Finalize First-Round Ballpark Improvement Plan

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Yakima Valley Pippins are within two months of their inaugural Opening Day. In order to be ready for the return of baseball to Yakima County Stadium, the club has finalized plans for season one improvements to the ballpark. “We are excited to get a shovel in the ground and get started,” said general manager Danny Tetzlaff. “These first-round improvements will take a very good Continue reading

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Inaugural Home Opener Tonight for New Charlotte Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoIt will be a sold-out show for BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte (NC) Friday night, as the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) play their first game in their new 10,000-seat baseball stadium.  Read more and watch news report here.

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No Public Marketplace for Skylands Park Property

Sussex Skyhawks LogoThe Frankford (NJ) Land Use Board voted 6-1 Wednesday night to deny an application that would have allowed the use of the currently vacant Skylands Park property as the site of a marketplace.  There has been no new news on the possibility of bringing baseball back to the still-vacant 4,200-seat ballpark.  The facility has been without a baseball team since the indy pro Sussex Skyhawks Continue reading

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College Teams to Christen Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The UW-Parkside baseball team will host the UW-Milwaukee Panthers on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:05 pm in the first collegiate game to be played at the newly renovated Simmons Field. Continue reading

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Loudoun Hounds Seek Bonds to Help Finance Stadium

Loudoun Hounds LogoVIP Sports and Entertainment, the company hoping to bring professional baseball and soccer to Loudoun County (VA), wrote to the Economic Development Authority last week asking for a resolution for $55 million in taxable bonds to finance a stadium.  Read more hereView VIP press release here.

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Wausau Ballpark Renovations Nearing Completion

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoA completely new grandstand, retail store, luxury suites, larger seats and more bathrooms are among the improvements to Athletic Park that will be revealed May 30 on opening day of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) baseball season in Wausau (WI).  Read more hereView construction photos here.

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Oak Creek Possible Option B for Frontier League Team

Frontier League logoIf Franklin (WI) balks at approving a deal to build a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Frontier League franchise, The Rock sports complex CEO Mike Zimmerman is reportedly eyeballing nearby Oak Creek (WI) as a possible alternative.  Read more here.

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Columbia Approves Baseball Deal

Sand Gnats LogoBy a vote of 4-3, the Columbia (SC) City Council has agreed to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and operate a yet-to-be-built stadium.  This was the first step toward spending $29 million in public money for a $35 million year-round facility.  Read more here.

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‘Bambino’ Party Boat Arrives at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – A 43 foot long by 13 foot wide fishing boat built in the early 1930s  and originally named the ‘Bambino’ was installed at historic Simmons Field this morning as part of the outfield wall and a new party venue. Continue reading

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Whitecaps Open in Front of 7,128 at Restored Ballpark

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – For three months, the West Michigan community watched and waited as the West Michigan Whitecaps worked to rebuild Fifth Third Ballpark after a devastating fire in early January. On Tuesday, at long last, they finally reaped their rewards. Continue reading

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A Video Tour of the New Husky Ballpark

Washington Huskies LogoCan’t make it out to Seattle (WA) to experience the new Husky Ballpark, home of the University of Washington Huskies baseball team?  Check out a video tour of the facility courtesy Tyson Alger from the Oregonian newspaper.  Read more and view tour here.

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Columbia (SC), Hardball Capital Amend Ballpark Agreement

Sand Gnats LogoThe City of Columbia (SC) and Hardball Capital have amended the agreement that would allow the company to manage the city’s planned baseball stadium at the Bull Street development site.  Read more and view agreement details here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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Local Reporter Dismisses Idea of Blaze Departure

Bakersfield Blaze LogoWe don’t know what planet he is living on, but Casey Keirnan from the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield (CA) seems to scoff at the idea that the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) would leave town.  Below are two of his statements: Continue reading

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Restored Fifth Third Ballpark Ready for Home Opener

Whitecaps LogoHours after a massive fired ripped through a portion of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), team co-owner Denny Baxter vowed that the restored baseball stadium would be back hosting baseball in 2014. He meant what he said.  The Whitecaps home opener is on Tuesday, April 8, and the ballpark is looking great.  Read more and view photos here10 things to know here.

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New Fan Amenity: The Rooftop at Coors Field

Colorado Rockies LogoEvery Colorado Rockies fan with a ticket to a game this year at Coors Field will have access to the brand-new party deck above right field called The Rooftop.  At 38,000 square feet, the deck is reportedly the largest in sports.  The new monster-sized fan amenity has firepits, cabanas and a new margarita-themed bar on the mezzanine.  Read more and view photos hereGo to @RoxRooftop.

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Design Teams Present Development Visions for Sulphur Dell Ballpark Area

Nashville Sounds LogoDesign work continues for the neighborhood surrounding the future baseball stadium at Sulphur Dell for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League).  Four design teams from some of the top schools in the nation presented their visions Thursday in the Urban Land Institute’s annual competition to redevelop one neighborhood in the country.  Read more and view news report here.

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New Ballpark Drives U-Dub Success

Washington Huskies LogoThe University of Washington baseball team moved into a new ballpark this season, and the sparkling new digs have helped the Huskies become the latest Northwest team to jump to national prominence.  Read more hereView ballpark grand opening photo gallery here.

Washington Huskies New Ballpark Rendering 3

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Shockoe Bottom Historic-Review Process Underway

Richmond Flying SquirrelsA voluntary historic review of the Shockoe Bottom site slated for the proposed new ballpark for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) is underway.  The process is projected to take three months for documentary research and expert review, followed by four months of archaeological excavation.  Preparing a final report and educational materials on the findings will take about 18 months.  Read more here.

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Newly Renovated Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham Bulls LogoFor its 20th season, the 21st-century Durham Bulls Athletic Park has received an extensive $20 million makeover, and fans and players alike will notice the improvements when the Bulls open defense of their IL championship against the Gwinnett Braves at 6:05 p.m. Thursday.  Read more hereWatch the bull going strong here.

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No Taxpayer Funding for Franklin Ballpark Plan, But Maybe TIF?

Frontier League logoA proposal for Franklin (WI) taxpayers to borrow $10.5 million to build a minor league baseball park for an indy pro Frontier League franchise is apparently dead, after a city task force voted 4-0 Wednesday night to reject the funding plan from Mike Zimmerman.  But a different city proposal to help finance the stadium at The Rock sports complex might be forthcoming.  Read more here.

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Questioning Campbell’s Field, Future of the Camden Riversharks

Camden Riversharks LogoFreelance scribe Tara Nurin takes a look at the reported financial challenges surrounding Campbell’s Field located in Camden (NJ) and ponders the future of the indy pro Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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Council Closes Book on Proposed Ocala Ballpark

Tampa Yankees LogoThe Ocala (FL) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to end the city’s purchase and sale agreement with Ocala Trophy Ltd., which owned the land where a proposed new stadium would have been build for the Single-A Tampa Yankees (Florida State League), if approved by voters.  Read more here.

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Yankees President Defends Spending on Ballparks

New York Yankees LogoRandy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, debates Mike McKee, Bloomberg’s Economics Editor, over the value of using taxpayers dollars to renovate or build new ballparks for spring training.  Watch debate here.

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Knights Players Practice for the First Time at New Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) took the field at new the BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte (NC) for the first time Tuesday.  The ballpark’s inaugural home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 11.  Read more and watch news report hereWatch video here.

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Multi-Million Dollar Facelift Being Planned for Zephyr Field

New Orleans Zephyrs Alternative LogoPRESS RELEASE – The New Orleans Zephyrs, in collaboration with the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED), have implemented the development of a multi-million dollar facility enhancement plan for Zephyr Field. Continue reading

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San Jose Giants Unveil Improvements to Municipal Stadium

San Jose GiantsPRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants unveiled today a number of improvements to Municipal Stadium designed to enhance the fan experience at the ballpark. Since 1942, Municipal Stadium has been a place for families to gather and watch professional baseball and it has served as the home for top San Francisco Giants prospects since 1988. Continue reading

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Did You Know These 10 Things About Wrigley Field?

Chicago Cubs LogoWrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is turning 100 this year.  Here are 10 things you might not know about the ballpark:  Read more here.

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MLB Returns to Montreal Today and Saturday

Montreal Expos LogoGround crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.  So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game.  Read more and watch news report here.

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