Category Archives: Stadium Issues

New ‘Indoor Park’ Plan for Astrodome

Houston Astros Old LogoHarris County (TX) Judge Ed Emmett on Tuesday proposed turning the Astrodome into “the world’s largest indoor park” and recreation area.  Read more and watch video here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Update

Biloxi Baseball Double BConstruction has begun at the site of the future baseball stadium in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), but it’s still in the beginning stages and hasn’t quite taken the familiar diamond shape of a baseball field yet.  On Tuesday, Yates Construction updated the city council on where the project stands at this juncture.  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

 

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WCL President Talks League Issues, Looks to Improve Circuit

West Coast League LogoDennis Koho, president of the summer collegiate West Coast League, has had a full season to visit all 12 host communities and recently talked about improvements to make the circuit better, including addressing the inequality in the control of facilities and travel.  Regarding expansion, Koho said the league is still open to it but is not actively seeking new franchises.  Read more here.

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New Seats at Coca-Cola Park Just the Beginning

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (International League) made a “major announcement” Friday that a big section of 3,700 seats are going to be replaced at Coca-Cola Field, but that was just a prelude to the major improvements coming to the 27-year-old stadium, which may result in a reduction in seating capacity.  Read more here.

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Talking New Ballpark, Last Homestand with Saints EVP

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoKSTP sat down with Tom Whaley, executive vice president of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), to talk about the move to the new Lowertown ballpark and the final games at Midway Stadium on Aug. 26-28.  Read more and watch news report hereView latest photos of the new ballpark here.

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Newark Looks for New Tenant, Bears Former Owner Looks to New Fall League Venture

Newark Bears LogoWith the indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) now just a memory, the city of Newark and Essex County, both on the hook for more than $2 million in annual debt obligations on Riverfront Stadium until 2029, continue to scramble to find a new tenant.  Meanwhile, former Bears owner Doug Spiel says he plans to join three friends in launching a four-team fall league for rookie-level players in Arizona next September.  Read more here.

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Cleveland’s Historic League Park Prepares for Grand Reopening Saturday (UPDATED)

Cleveland Indians 1915-1920League Park, home of the Cleveland Indians from 1901-1046, will reopen Saturday after a $6.3 million renovationRead more here.  View photos here and hereView old photos of the ballpark here. UPDATED:  View photos of the grand re-opening event hereWatch video here.

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