At its annual planning retreat at Pity’s Sake Lodge, the Kannapolis (NC) City Council began a conversation that could culminate in a new downtown baseball stadium for the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
Category Archives: Stadium Issues
With Opening Day of the 2014 baseball season four weeks away, the New Orleans Zephyrs and Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED) have finished the latest offseason improvements on Zephyr Field, entering its 18th year as the home of Triple-A baseball in the Crescent City. Read more here and here.
The City of St. Paul (MN) and Ryan Cos. have finally signed off on a $43.8 million contract to construct the Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), with Ryan responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials. Read more here.
The Columbia (SC) City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a contract to build a $35 million ballpark for an affiliated club. Under the proposed deal, Hardball Capital would put up $6 million, and the city would bond the remaining $29 million. Hardball Capital would be on the hook for payments until the total amount of private development in the Bull Street project reaches $60 million. Read more here.
Some fans of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are reportedly up in arms over the reality that the comfortable seatback chairs with cupholders behind home plate at the new Lowertown ballpark will be more expensive than the crappy bleacher seats behind home plate at Midway Stadium. Saints GM Derek Sharrer does a nice job explaining the pricing. Watch news report here. Read more here.
The Minnesota Twins held a grand opening of their new 360-degree boardwalk at Hammond Stadium — the team’s spring-training facility in Fort Myers (FL). We love it! View photo gallery here.
The “Name the Team” contest for the new indy pro American Association team relocating from El Paso (TX) to Joplin (MO) ended on Friday. Reportedly, the chosen name will be announced on Tuesday, March 4. The former El Paso Diablos will play at to-be-renovated Joe Becker Stadium. Learn more about the Name the Team contest here. Visit the Joplin Professional Baseball Facebook page here.
PRESS RELEASE – CO Brown Stadium in Bailey Park, home of the Battle Creek Bombers, is set to receive new renovations this spring to precede the 2014 Bombers season. Continue reading
As construction nears completion on the new home for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), contractors used a huge crane on Friday to lift panels into place for the facility’s main 30 feet by 82 feet videoboard. Read more and watch video here. Meanwhile, the Knights have released their promo schedule and celebrity appearances, entertainment acts, and tribute nights for the 2014 season.
Because of construction challenges caused by a tough winter, the grand opening of Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium, the new home of the Southern Illinois University Salukis, has been delayed from this weekend until March 14. SIU’s series against Northern Illinois scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Rent One Park in Marion, home of the indy pro Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League). Read more here. Watch video here.
The Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the city of Fredericksburg (VA) to capture additional revenue from its planned minor league baseball complex to be built to house the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
The second-year indy pro Vallejo Admirals (Pacific Association) announced recently that they plan to return this season, but the club has still not renewed their lease to use Wilson Park. Local Babe Ruth is not too hip on sharing the facility again, but the parties are reportedly talking. Read more here.
This really isn’t news, as it’s just an opinion piece, but Richard Benck, vice president of investment and risk managment for Unimin Corp. in New Canaan (CT), has made a wishful pitch for a new Fenway-like ballpark for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) in downtown Providence (RI). The team plays at McCoy Stadium, built in 1942. Read more here. View 195 Redevelopment page here.
The University of Washington Huskies are one month away from unveiling their $19-million, 2,400-seat renovation (really a replacement) of Husky Ballpark. U-Dub will christen their new digs with a game against the University of Arizona Wildcats on March 21. Read more here. View latest construction photos here. Visit HuskyBallpark.com here.
It’s been assumed that Major League Soccer’s New York City FC would begin their inaugural season playing within the confines of Yankee Stadium. However, MLB reportedly fears that the playing surface would be damaged from constant usage, leading to player injuries and disruption in play as was experienced in the 70s when the Cosmos called Yankee Stadium home. Read more here.
The ring beam and corners of the Metrodome, former home of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, were brought down Sunday morning with 84 charges of dynamite set in 24 columns of the upper concourse. Using explosives to take down the facility was not part of the original demolition plan, but safety concerns forced explosive action. Read more and watch explosion video here.
The After making a pitch to the Sonoma (CA) City Council Wednesday night to bring indy pro baseball to Arnold Park starting in 2014, the owners of the proposed Sonoma Stompers (Pacific Association) will hold another community outreach meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Sonoma Community Center. Read more here.
Construction on the new $3-million baseball stadium at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks (CA) is now complete. While ballpark-design enthusiasts will likely find the structure visually interesting, it certainly isn’t better than 95% of all minor-league stadiums, as former major leaguer Jorge Piedre states. Read more and watch video here. View original renderings here.
The Eugene (OR) School Board on Wednesday selected the city’s $4.5 million bid to buy the shuttered Civic Stadium property, but the deal won’t be consummated by the city unless supporters raise $3 million in the next few months to renovate the old wooden grandstand and install a new sports field. Read more here. Visit Friends of Civic Stadium here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons announced today that a complete renovation of Fifth Third Field luxury suites is currently underway. Dragons President Robert Murphy made the announcement in a news conference at the ballpark. Continue reading
Despite some misgivings, the Savannah City Council agreed during a workshop Thursday to request proposals to study the feasibility of a new stadium for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
The Minnesota Twins led a tour of Hammond Stadium on Wednesday, as Phase One of a $48.5 million renovation of the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers (FL) neared completion. The Twins play their spring training home opener on March 1 against the Boston Red Sox. Read more here. Watch video here. View construction photos here.
Columbia (SC) city staffers expect to hammer out a contract for building a new ballpark and bringing an affiliated club to town in the next two weeks. The city council is expecting to vote on a draft contract at its March 4 meeting. Read more and view billboards here.
A devleoper is exploring building of a 26-story high-rise apartment building at an uptown Charlotte site next to BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), that would include some retail space and would be built atop three stories of underground parking. Read more here.
The North Augusta (SC) City Council passed a resolution Monday night selecting Odell Associates of Charlotte (NC) to provide design services for the development of a new stadium for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
The city of Winter Park (FL) city leaders are considering four potential sites for a new ballpark for (possibly) the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League) that could cost more than $40 million. Read more and watch news report here.
The city of Columbia (SC) is looking at three revenue sources that could fund a new baseball stadium for an affiliated club, two of which are bonds that could cost the city roughly $70 million or $80 million over the next several decades. Read more here.
Commissioners in New Hanover County (NC) voted 4-0 Monday in favor of spending about $50,000 to help with improvements to Buck Hardee Field, home of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League). The Sharks will pay for half of the $325,000 renovation project, with three government entities picking up the tab for the other half. Read more here and here.
A new request for proposals will reportedly be issued soon that will call for development of the former site of Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull. The RFP will seek private developers to build mixed-use housing and commercial space at the historic site but keep a baseball field with smaller dimensions than the original playing field. Read more here and here.
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is frustrated with the lack of progress between the club and the city of Anaheim over negotiations on a new lease for Angel Stadium. Read more here.
The Oakland Port Commission decided to postpone a vote on whether to move forward with a new ballpark at Howard Terminal for the Oakland A’s in order to give more time to examine a plan by a Kentucky company to ship coal through Jack London Square. Read more here.
The University of Washington Huskies are one month away from unveiling their $19-million, 2,400-seat renovation of Husky Ballpark. Read more and view photo gallery here.
The Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 15, to provide fans an opportunity to look at construction efforts at Fifth Third Ballpark. It will be the first public event at the ballpark since a fire on Jan. 3 destroyed the first-base side of the structure and caused other damage. Read more and view photo gallery here.
The Chicago Cubs unveiled their new Spring Training ballpark in Mesa (AZ) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, ending a five-year project to keep the team in the city. Read more watch video here.
In the latest letter from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, the design for the new Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) is being challenged for its open-air design, trees and planters that are too uniform, uneven building setbacks, and dearth of “punched” windows and the prevalence of glass. Read more here.
The new “Colorado Sports and Events Center” is very different from initial plans for a new downtown home for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League). It’s much more expensive ($92.7 million vs. $60.5 million) and is designed to accommodate sports other than baseball. Read more here.