Officials from the University of Illinois at Chicago will officially unveil the school’s new $10 million baseball stadium during opening festivities on Thursday. The ballpark is named after Curtis Granderson, the New York Mets outfielder and three-time Major League Baseball all-star who ponied up $5 million for the project. Read more here. View photos of incomplete stadium here.
Category Archives: Stadium Issues
NCAA.com takes a look at the top five must-see college ballparks from across the country. The facilities at the University of San Diego, Louisiana State University, University of Oregon, University of South Carolina, and Mississippi State made the list. Watch video here.
In the sunshine of a blustery spring morning in Paterson (NJ), Hinchliffe Stadium came back to life on Wednesday as several hundred people flocked to the historic ballpark to pay homage to its legacy and paint its walls. Read more and watch video here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Franklin (WI) officials, pursuing the potential for $100 million in development that would create a new downtown for the Milwaukee County suburb, endorsed a $10.5 million deal for the construction of a new indy pro Frontier League baseball stadium that would serve as a catalyst to spur private commercial projects. The Common Council is scheduled to meet April 22 to vote on the plan. Read more here.
The news out of Charlotte (NC) this weekend touting the opening of a shiny, new downtown ballpark was not lost on John Clamp. The former San Antonio councilman sent a local business reporter a link to some of that coverage in the Charlotte Observer, along with a query: “What are we doing?” Read more here.
A proposal to increase the recreation millage in Alexandria (LA) is on next month’s ballot. A draft of the recreation millage reportedly talks about converting historic Bringhurst Field into a lazy river and more parking for a zoo expansion, but a grassroots Facebook group created Friday called “Save Bringhurst Field” wants to save the ballpark. The city says the future of Bringhurst has not been determined. Continue reading
As the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (International League) and Kansas City-based architectural firm Populous begin to develop a plan for major upgrades to Coca-Cola Field, one columnist is calling for the seating capacity to be reduced from 18,000 to 12,000 to deal with the stadium’s intimacy problem. Read more here.
The city of Cleveland is spending $6.3 million to restore and renovate what’s left of historic League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played in the early 1900s. The project includes installation of an artificial turf baseball field. Read more and view photo gallery here. Go to LeaguePark.org. Go to League Park Wiki page.
In a new 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: Chase Field’s swimming pool. Read more and view photo here.
Lynn Lashbrook, sports agent and long-time promoter of bringing MLB to Portland (OR), is suggesting that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) could serve as a temporary home for the Oakland A’s, while a new MLB ballpark is built in the Rose City. Read more here. Rather than blabber on here about the many obstacles, we’ll let Portland-based MLB business analyst Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Yakima Valley Pippins are within two months of their inaugural Opening Day. In order to be ready for the return of baseball to Yakima County Stadium, the club has finalized plans for season one improvements to the ballpark. “We are excited to get a shovel in the ground and get started,” said general manager Danny Tetzlaff. “These first-round improvements will take a very good Continue reading
It will be a sold-out show for BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte (NC) Friday night, as the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) play their first game in their new 10,000-seat baseball stadium. Read more and watch news report here.
The Frankford (NJ) Land Use Board voted 6-1 Wednesday night to deny an application that would have allowed the use of the currently vacant Skylands Park property as the site of a marketplace. There has been no new news on the possibility of bringing baseball back to the still-vacant 4,200-seat ballpark. The facility has been without a baseball team since the indy pro Sussex Skyhawks Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The UW-Parkside baseball team will host the UW-Milwaukee Panthers on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:05 pm in the first collegiate game to be played at the newly renovated Simmons Field. Continue reading
A completely new grandstand, retail store, luxury suites, larger seats and more bathrooms are among the improvements to Athletic Park that will be revealed May 30 on opening day of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) baseball season in Wausau (WI). Read more here. View construction photos here.
By a vote of 4-3, the Columbia (SC) City Council has agreed to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and operate a yet-to-be-built stadium. This was the first step toward spending $29 million in public money for a $35 million year-round facility. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – A 43 foot long by 13 foot wide fishing boat built in the early 1930s and originally named the ‘Bambino’ was installed at historic Simmons Field this morning as part of the outfield wall and a new party venue. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – For three months, the West Michigan community watched and waited as the West Michigan Whitecaps worked to rebuild Fifth Third Ballpark after a devastating fire in early January. On Tuesday, at long last, they finally reaped their rewards. Continue reading
Can’t make it out to Seattle (WA) to experience the new Husky Ballpark, home of the University of Washington Huskies baseball team? Check out a video tour of the facility courtesy Tyson Alger from the Oregonian newspaper. Read more and view tour here.
The City of Columbia (SC) and Hardball Capital have amended the agreement that would allow the company to manage the city’s planned baseball stadium at the Bull Street development site. Read more and view agreement details here.
We don’t know what planet he is living on, but Casey Keirnan from the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield (CA) seems to scoff at the idea that the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) would leave town. Below are two of his statements: Continue reading
Hours after a massive fired ripped through a portion of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), team co-owner Denny Baxter vowed that the restored baseball stadium would be back hosting baseball in 2014. He meant what he said. The Whitecaps home opener is on Tuesday, April 8, and the ballpark is looking great. Read more and view photos here. 10 things to know here.
Every Colorado Rockies fan with a ticket to a game this year at Coors Field will have access to the brand-new party deck above right field called The Rooftop. At 38,000 square feet, the deck is reportedly the largest in sports. The new monster-sized fan amenity has firepits, cabanas and a new margarita-themed bar on the mezzanine. Read more and view photos here. Go to @RoxRooftop.
Design work continues for the neighborhood surrounding the future baseball stadium at Sulphur Dell for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League). Four design teams from some of the top schools in the nation presented their visions Thursday in the Urban Land Institute’s annual competition to redevelop one neighborhood in the country. Read more and view news report here.
For its 20th season, the 21st-century Durham Bulls Athletic Park has received an extensive $20 million makeover, and fans and players alike will notice the improvements when the Bulls open defense of their IL championship against the Gwinnett Braves at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. Read more here. Watch the bull going strong here.
A proposal for Franklin (WI) taxpayers to borrow $10.5 million to build a minor league baseball park for an indy pro Frontier League franchise is apparently dead, after a city task force voted 4-0 Wednesday night to reject the funding plan from Mike Zimmerman. But a different city proposal to help finance the stadium at The Rock sports complex might be forthcoming. Read more here.
The Ocala (FL) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to end the city’s purchase and sale agreement with Ocala Trophy Ltd., which owned the land where a proposed new stadium would have been build for the Single-A Tampa Yankees (Florida State League), if approved by voters. Read more here.
Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, debates Mike McKee, Bloomberg’s Economics Editor, over the value of using taxpayers dollars to renovate or build new ballparks for spring training. Watch debate here.
PRESS RELEASE – The New Orleans Zephyrs, in collaboration with the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED), have implemented the development of a multi-million dollar facility enhancement plan for Zephyr Field. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants unveiled today a number of improvements to Municipal Stadium designed to enhance the fan experience at the ballpark. Since 1942, Municipal Stadium has been a place for families to gather and watch professional baseball and it has served as the home for top San Francisco Giants prospects since 1988. Continue reading
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is turning 100 this year. Here are 10 things you might not know about the ballpark: Read more here.
Ground crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets. So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game. Read more and watch news report here.