Category Archives: Stadium Issues

Money-Saving, Cut-From-the-Bluprints Seating May Have to be Restored

Biloxi Baseball Double BAs construction has progressed on the new ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), developers and owners have discovered what could be a mistake in the plans for the $36 million stadium.  Four seating bays that were originally cut from the blueprints to save money may have to be there because of minor league seating requirements.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Actress Asks Richmond Mayor to Withdraw Support for Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan

Richmond Flying SquirrelsActress Lupita Nyong’o has joined those urging Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones to reconsider building a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League).  Nyong’o, who won an Academy Award for her role in the movie 12 Years a Slave, released a letter Sunday asking the mayor to instead preserve the site’s slave history.  Read more here.

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New Lease for New Owners of Bend Elks

Bend Elks LogoLong-time owner Jim Richards recently sold the successful summer collegiate Bend Elks (West Coast League) to a group called Let’s Play Ball LLC, out of Portland.  Last week, the Bend Parks and Recreation Board approved a new five-year, $1 per year lease with the new ownership to use Vince Genna StadiumRead more and watch news report here.  We’re not sure if the sale or lease agreements include the operation or use of the Bend Fieldhouse or not.

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Kokomo Team Name and Logo Unveiling Set for Oct. 20

Prospect League LogoMKE Sports & Entertainment will unveil the name, logo and manager of the new summer collegiate Prospect League franchise in Kokomo (IN) on Monday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 (CST) at the Kokomo City Hall.  Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, MKE owner Mike Zimmerman and the new manager will participating in the press conference.  A ballpark construction update will also be provided.  Learn more here.

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Stadium Journey Ranks 160 MiLB Ballparks

Stadium Journey Chairs LogoThe folks at StadiumJourney.com have ranked 160 Minor League Baseball ballparks from best to worst.  Parkview Field, home of the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps (Midwest League), takes the top spot.  Chukchansi Park, home of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League), comes in at the very bottom.  Read more here.

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Hartford Approves Ballpark Deal

New Britain Rock Cats LogoThe Hartford (CT) City Council on Tuesday night approved the $350 million Downtown North development project that includes a new ballpark for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League).  Construction is expected to be completed on the stadium in April 2016.  Read more hereWatch news report here.

New Britain Rock Cats Hartford Ballpark Rendering

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Union Labor Will Build Hartford Ballpark, Drive Up Costs

New Britain Rock Cats LogoHartford’s city council will likely approve a deal to build a new minor league baseball stadium on Tuesday, and there’s one new change to the deal – union laborers will do the work. The developer has said that tweak could easily add 10 percent to the stadium’s cost.  Read more here.

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