Category Archives: Stadium Issues

Name the Team Contest Announced for Columbia Franchise

Minor League Baseball LogoJason Freier, chairman and chief executive officer of Hardball Capital, announced the launch of a “Name Our Team” contest for the proposed team — possibly the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) — coming to the developing new ballpark in Columbia (SC).  Fans will be able to suggest branding ideas via, Facebook and TwitterRead more here.

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Study: Savannah Should Build New Stadium

Sand Gnats LogoA consulting firm is recommending the City of Savannah (GA) move forward with the construction of an estimated $35 million multi-use stadium at the Savannah River Landing site east of downtown for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League).  Now, it is up to the Savannah City Council to decide whether to take the $55,000 study’s advice.  Read more hereView study here.

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Laredo Council Approves Deal with Lemurs’ New Ownership

Laredo Lemurs LogoThe Laredo (TX) City Council on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding with the new owners of the indy pro Laredo Lemurs (American Association) for operating the team at Uni-Trade Stadium.  The league must still approve the ownership transfer.  The ownership group, Laredo Baseball Holdings, is reportedly from Mexico.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Groundbreaking Held for Joe Becker Makeover

Joplin Blasters LogoOfficials with the Joplin (MO) City Council, Parks and Recreation, and the indy pro Joplin Blasters (American Association) held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Joe Becker Stadium last week to recognize the beginning of the ballpark’s $4.7 million makeover.  Read more and watch news report here.

Joplin Blasters Joe Becker Rendering

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Revised Ballpark Plan for Fredericksburg

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe partners seeking to relocate the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) to Fredericksburg (VA) dramatically changed their proposal last week, leading to unanimous approval by the City Council of a revised incentive package and new life for the project.  The plan gives the partners one year to obtain financing for the now-$46 million project.  Read more here.

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Greasing the Wheels for Rays Ballpark Talks

Tampa Bay Rays LogoWhile nothing has changed in the long-running stalemate between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan plans to ask the commission Wednesday to designate the Tampa Sports Authority to lead discussions with the Rays about a new stadium — if the Rays get permission to look at sites outside Pinellas County.  Read more here.

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Reflecting on Shea Stadium Development on 6th/50th Anniversaries

Shea Stadium Mets LogoAs the New York Mets wrap up their 2014 season today against the Houston Astros, W.M. Akers takes a look at the development of Shea Stadium on the 6th anniversary of the final baseball game and 50th anniversary of the end of the first baseball season at the Mets’ former home.  Shea was demolished in 2009.  Read more and view photos here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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