Category Archives: Stadium Issues

Mountaineers Ballpark Construction Update

West Virginia University LogoNewYorkPennLeagueLogoA new rendering of the Monongalia County Ballpark currently under construction for the West Virginia University Mountaineers baseball team (and possibly a Single-A New York-Penn League club) in Morgantown (WV) has surfaced.  The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 college baseball season.  Read more hereView construction webcam here.

West Virginia University Ballpark Rendering 7.24.14

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Ballpark Quirks: Wrigley Field’s Brick and Ivy Outfield Wall

Sports IllustratedChicago Cubs LogoIn a 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: Wrigley Field’s brick and ivy outfield wall.  Read more and view photos here.

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Broker Being Sought to Sell Naming Rights to Pensacola Ballpark

Pensacola Blue Wahoos LogoEd Spears, the Executive Director of Community Maritime Park Associates, say that work is underway to sell the naming rights to Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League), for between $250,000 and $500,000 (annually, we assume).  The deadline for brokers to submit their proposals is August 25 at 2:00 p.m.  Read more here.

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Part I: Minor League Baseball in Panama Beach City

Panama City Beach FL SealIn Part I of a four-part series, New Herald writer Brad Milner begins exploring the prospects for and potential impact of a proposed $30 million ballpark and minor league franchise in Panama Beach City/Bay County (FL).  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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New Pokes Ballpark Design Concept Should Be Completed Soon

Oklahoma State Alternative LogoWhile the fund-raising process continues, the design concept of a new $35 million to $40 million baseball facility for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys should completed within the next month.  The likely best-case scenario is that the new ballpark would be completed in time for the 2017 season.  Read more here.

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Plan to Include Historic Hinchliffe Stadium in National Park Advances

NewYorkBlackYankeesNewYorkCubansAn effort to include historic Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson (NJ) within the boundaries of Great Falls National Park gained momentum this week, with the U.S. House unanimously passing Rep. Bill Pascrell’s legislation Tuesday and a U.S. Senate committee holding a hearing on Wednesday.  Read more hereView aerial of ballpark and national parkVisit Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the news.

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Biloxi Council Approves Ballpark Construction Bid

Biloxi Baseball Double BConstruction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) could get underway as soon as mid August, as the city council approved a trimmed-down construction bid Tuesday.  Read more here and here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Company Building

Sports IllustratedSan Diego Padres New Logo 2011-2012In a 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: Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Company building.  Read more and view photos here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Budget Trimmed, Time to Move Ahead

Biloxi Baseball Double BThe City of Biloxi (MS) has trimmed enough off of the cost of the planned minor league baseball stadium that it is now ready to move forward with construction, according to a release from the city Friday.  Read more here.

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Niagara Falls May Seek Ballpark Operator

Niagara Power LogoSal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls (NY) is by no means a free agent, but Mayor Paul Dyster’s administration is open to the idea of finding a private operator for the field which has now reverted back to city control.  Read more here.  The facility is the current home of the summer collegiate Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League).

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Columbia Authorizes Borrowing for New Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoIn a four to one vote, the Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance allowing the city to issue Special Obligation Bonds to raise no more than $35 million to pay for the construction of the proposed multi-use baseball stadium and facilities, equipment and improvements at the Bull Street development.  Read more here and here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Target Field’s Plaza

Sports IllustratedMinnesota Twins LogoIn a 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: Target Field’s Plaza.  Read more and view photos here.

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Return of Minor League Baseball Back on Dubuque Radar

Dubuque Packers LogoThis is in the very early stages, but conceptual drawings for the long-term development plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque (IA) include a 6,000-seat minor-league ballpark.  Read more with subscription hereView Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan document here.

Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.01.14

Dubuque’s Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.02.14

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Renovation of ‘Bama Ballpark Begins with Demolition

Alabama Crimson Tide LogoThe $35 million facelift of Sewell-Thomas Stadium that’ll likely displace the University of Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team in 2015 first requires some demolition.  Read more and view demolition photos here.

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Home of Suns to be Home of Pro Soccer Too

Jacksonville Suns LogoJacksonville ArmadaThe Jacksonville Armada (North American Soccer League), set to debut in 2015, announced it will play its games at the Baseball Grounds for the first three seasons.  The ballpark his home of the Double-A Jacksonville Suns (Southern League).  Read more here.

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Hartford Drops Public Financing Plan for New Ballpark, Will Seek Private Investment

New Britain Rock Cats LogoHartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Bids Come in Over Budget, Name-the-Team Contest Ends, Huntsville Wants New Team

Biloxi Baseball Double BBiloxi (MS) city officials learned Wednesday that the lowest contractor bid for a new stadium was at $32.27 million, some $5 million more than the initial budget.  This could keep the team in Huntsville (AL) for the 2015 season.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, Biloxi Baseball’s name-the-team contest has eneded with 60,000 votes.  Read more here.  Meanwhile Huntsville wants new team.  Read more here.

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Cubs Score Victory with Landmarks Commission

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs have taken a step toward with their plan to renovate Wrigley Field, as the city’s landmarks commission on Thursday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines.  Read more and watch news report hereRead more here.

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The Coming Demolition of the Knights’ Former Home

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoAs the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) break attendance records at their new BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte (NC), the former home of the Knights in Fort Mill (SC) awaits demolition.  Read more and watch news report here.

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A Virtual Tour of the Sounds’ New Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) debuted a virtual video tour of the team’s new ballpark on Tuesday, including flyover images of the stadium and details about the suites and social areas.  Read more and watch video here.

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Time to Build in Biloxi, Construction Bids Will be Opened Wednesday

Biloxi Baseball Double BBids will be opened Wednesday for construction of the minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Over the next nine months, South Mississippi will be witness to the birth of the stadium and a team.  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering

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Modern Woodmen Park Once Again Surrounding by Mississippi River Waters, Show Must Go On

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryIt’s that time of year again, and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), is once again surrounding by Mississippi River flood waters.  Read more and view photos hereView photo gallery here.  But the show must go on, as the police and fire “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game will be played on Saturday, July 5, before the River Bandits take on the Timber Rattlers.

Davenport and Rock Island will compete in the Battle of the Badges Saturday, July 5. The Davenport Police & Fire Departments will face the Rock Island Police & Fire Departments in a softball game from 3:45-5:00 p.m. before the River Bandits' 6 p.m. game against Wisconsin. The event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

The Davenport Police & Fire Departments and Rock Island Police & Fire Departments will compete in the Battle of the Badges charity softball game Saturday, July 5.

 

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Sounds to Host Virtual Tour of New Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will host a virtual video tour and informational meeting about the minor-league baseball team’s new ballpark on July 8.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Nationals Park’s Views of D.C.

Sports IllustratedWashington Nationals LogoIn a 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: Nationals Park’s views of D.C.  Read more and view photos here.

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Wrigley Renovations on Deck July 10, Rooftop Owners Agree Not to Sue If…

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs are on the July 10 agenda for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and expect to win approval for their revised plan to renovate Wrigley Field, including seven outfield signs — two of them video scoreboards.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.  Meanwhile, the rooftop owners have agreed not to sue if only two signs are erected.  Read more here.

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Hartford Issues RFP for Downtown North Development

New Britain Rock Cats LogoDespite voices of opposition, Hartford (CT) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for re-developing the Downtown North area of the city, which is slated to include a new baseball stadium for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League).  Responses are due by August 1.  Read more hereView RFP hereLearn more about the Downtown North development here.

New Britain Rock Cats New Hartford Stadium Rendering

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10-Year Stadium Lease Approved for A’s After MLB Gives Team Permission to Move

Oakland A's LogoOakland (CA) officials abruptly dropped their opposition, if only temporarily, Thursday to help approve a 10-year stadium lease for the Athletics, hours after the A’s owner informed city and county leaders that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig gave the team permission to immediately seek a new home outside Oakland.  Read more hereRead more from Maury Brown here.

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San Angelo Colts File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

San Angelo Colts LogoHere we go again with the Bryant and Pierce show, as the ownership of the indy pro San Angelo Colts (United League), led by former Congressman John Bryant, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which will stay a foreclosure action and keep the team in operation.  The Colts recently received notice of foreclosure from their lender on the stadium note for Foster Field, where the team plays.  Read more here.

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Thunderbolts Getting New Scoreboard/Videoboard

Windy City Thunderbolts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Village of Crestwood and the Windy City ThunderBolts are proud to announce that Standard Bank Stadium will greatly improve the fan experience at the ballpark with the addition of a new scoreboard/video board that will be fullly completed by August 1st. Continue reading

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Downtown Amarillo Ballpark Development Picks Up Steam

Amarillo Sox LogoContracts needed to kick off the design, engineering and construction of a $113 million development project for downtown Amarillo (TX) that includes a new $30 million ballpark could be completed in the next six weeks, according to two city officials.  Read more here.

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Rollins College Buckles on Ballpark Plan, Winter Park to Look Elsewhere

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesThe Rollins College board of trustees has decided against moving ahead with a stadium deal at Harper-Shepherd Field, in response to more than 200 emails and letters from residents concerned about noise and traffic.  Winter Park (FL) will continue to evaluate a pair of other sites for a possible stadium.  Read more here.

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Rollins Takes a Ballpark Pause

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesOrange County (FL) commissioners were set to vote Tuesday on a key funding mechanism needed to build a new stadium at Rollins College for the Tars and the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League), but that vote was put off because of concerns by Rollins’ board of trustees.  Read more here.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club - ACi Architects Inc.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club – ACi Architects Inc.

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Pilots Getting Ballpark Upgrades

University of Portland Pilots LogoThe University of Portland has started a renovation of Joe Etzel Field that includes installing artificial turf and will eventually include adding lights.  The university has raised $850,000 for the renovations, including $400,000 from Safeway executive and University of Portland regent Larree RendaRead more hereRead background hereView original plans here.

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Red Wings Seeking State Funds for Frontier Field Upgrades

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoMonroe County and the Rochester Red Wings are seeking $4.5 million from the state for a $7.5 million makeover of Frontier Field, which could include a baseball museum in the old firehouse, installing a new field, revamping the concourse and suites and improving the front gate entrance.  Read more here.

Rochester Red Wings Frontier Upgrades Rendering

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Columbia Moves to Borrow $35 Million for Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.  Mayor Steve Benjamin justified the move by saying people elect the council to make decisions, and the council takes out loans for millions in projects – to build sidewalks, buy police cars, improve water and sewage service.  Read more here.

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Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan Not Dead

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe withdrawn proposal for a new baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom will return.  Today, Mayor Dwight Jones made it clear he was not going to back away from the Shockoe ballpark plan.  In May, the mayor took his proposal off the table before City Council members had a chance to shoot it down.  Read more and watch news report here.

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A More Advanced Guitar Scoreboard for New Sounds Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will still have a guitar-shaped scoreboard when they move into their new home next year.  Team owner Frank Ward and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Friday unveiled plans for the new state-of-the-art scoreboard at First Tennessee Park — currently under construction in the Sulphur Dell area.  Read more and view photos hereRead press release here.

Nashville Sounds New State-of-the-Art Guitar Scoreboard

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Columbia Approves Ballpark Development Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council has approved a venue development agreement for the minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street development, signaling the city’s next step toward establishing the cornerstone of the mixed-use development.  Read more here.

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Funding for Meeting Space Added to Malden Ballpark Plan Progresses in Legislature

Malden MA SealA plan to add state-funded conference meeting space at the proposed now-$80 million Malden (MA) ballpark to house a proposed indy pro Atlantic League franchise is making progress at Beacon Hill, as funding for the amenity has been passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate as part of a capitol bonds bill.  Read more here.

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Key Provisions of the Columbia (SC) Ballpark Contract

Sand Gnats LogoMembers of the Columbia (SC) City Council are scheduled to cast their first vote Tuesday on the draft construction contract for building a proposed new ballpark for a yet-t0-be-named affiliated baseball team.  Read more here.

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