Category Archives: Stadium Issues

Bexar County Official Wants Downtown San Antonio Ballpark

San Antonio Missions LogoBexar County (TX) Judge Nelson Wolff says it’s time to build a baseball stadium in downtown San Antonio for the Double-A San Antonio Missions (Texas League), and Wolff is chiding other city and county officials for not moving quickly enough on the project.  Read more here.

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Best Bang for the Buck: Ranking the MLB Ballparks

Major League Baseball LogoThe Daily Beast has ranked the 30 Major League ballparks, taking into account the value of the visit, expert opinion, and the historical value of each park vs. the thrill of new amenities.  The Team Marketing Report and our friend Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com play a role here.  Read more here.

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Franklin Rejects Tax Increment Financing for New Ballpark

Frontier League logoThe Franklin (WI) Common Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to reject a plan to provide $10.5 million in tax increment financing for a new ballpark for an indy pro Frontier League franchise, but city officials once again left open the possibility of the plan resurfacing.  Read more here.

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NYCFC, Yankees Outline Plans for Soccer-Friendly Yankee Stadium

New York City F.C. LogoNew York Yankees LogoThe expansion New York City FC announced Monday that they will open their Major League Soccer (MLS) existence next year at Yankee Stadium.  Officials from both the soccer club and New York Yankees outlined the plans to turn the venue into one that is suited for both baseball and soccer games on a consistent basis.  Read more and watch news conference here.

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Cleveland’s League Park in Pictures

Cleveland Indians 1915-1920As Cleveland prepares to reopen what’s left of League Park, the original home of the Cleveland Indians, this summer after a $6 million restoration, Cleveland Scene has posted 20 vintage photos of the old ballpark in its prime.  Read more and view gallery hereWatch dedication video here.

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Barons Receive ‘Real’ Ballpark Award

Birmingham Barons LogoIt’s no “virtual” award here.  Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com was at Regions Field Saturday to present the 2013 Baseballparks.com Ballpark Of The Year award to the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) and the city of Birmingham (AL) for their impressive one-year-old, 8,500-seat baseball stadium.  Read more here.

Joe Mock presents the 2013 BaseballParks.com Ballpark of the Year Award to Don Logan, one of the owners of the Barons.

Joe Mock presents the 2013 BaseballParks.com Ballpark Of The Year Award to Don Logan, one of the owners of the Barons.

 

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Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park Has Its Challenges, But…

Santa Fe Fuego Logo Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe (NM) has its issues, including no clubhouse or storage, and the city has watering and grass-cutting restrictions for the field, but the indy pro Santa Fe Fuego (Pecos League) are happy to call the ballpark home for the coming third season.  Read more here.

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Impressive Cincinnati High School to Open Impressive Ballpark

Elder High School Panthers LogoCincinnati’s Elder High School will be hosting the grand opening of the new Jack Adam Baseball Stadium Saturday, April 19.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:45 AM.  Read more and view photos here.  Elder is an all-male, college-preparatory high school within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The Panthers have won 12 state baseball titles.

Elder High School Ballpark Rendering

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More on Saving Bringhurst Field

Save Bringhurst Field LogoAs a follow up to our posting Monday about the future historic Bringhurst Field in Alexandria (LA), KALB News Channel 5 has posted two unedited, unscripted interviews with City of Alexandria Director of Community Services Daniel Williams and Adam Lord of the Save Bringhurst Field group.  Watch interviews here.

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And the Building Begins

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoAmid the thrumming of concrete trucks and excavators, crews from Ryan Construction began pouring concrete to create the footings and foundations for the much-anticipated lowertown St. Paul ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more hereView photos here.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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UI-Chicago Flames to Open New $10 Million Ballpark Thursday

University of Illinois Chicago Flames LogoOfficials 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 hereView photos of incomplete stadium here.

University of Illinois at Chicago New Ballpark Rendering

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The Top Five Must-See College Ballparks

NCAA LogoNCAA.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.

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Celebrating Historic Hinchliffe Stadium

NewYorkBlackYankeesNewYorkCubansIn 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.

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Franklin Moves Toward Approving New Ballpark, $100 Million Development

Frontier League logoFranklin (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.

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Envious Former Councilman Wants Movement on New Downtown San Antonio Ballpark

San Antonio Missions LogoThe 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.

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First Concrete Footings for New Saints Ballpark to be Poured Wednesday

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoMudonna, the official mascot of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), will join work crews from the Ryan Companies at 2 p.m. Wednesday as they pour the first concrete footings for the city’s new 7,000-seat regional ballpark in Lowertown.  Read more hereWatch construction video here.

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Say Goodbye to Compadre Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers Mitt Logo Compadre Stadium in Chandler (AZ), the former spring-training home of the Milwaukee Brewers, was purchased by Standard Pacific Homes, which plans to raze the park and replace it with homes.  Read more here.

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Save Bringhurst Field!

Save Bringhurst Field LogoA 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

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Columnist Pleads for Intimacy Amid Talk of Upgrading Coca-Cola Field

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoAs 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.

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Cleveland’s Historic League Park Getting $6M Restoration

Cleveland Indians 1915-1920The 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 hereGo to LeaguePark.orgGo to League Park Wiki page.

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Ballpark Quirks: Chase Field’s Swimming Pool

Sports IllustratedArizona Diamondbacks LogoIn 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.

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A’s to Hillsboro? Highly Unlikely

Oakland A's LogoLynn 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

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Pippins Finalize First-Round Ballpark Improvement Plan

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryPRESS 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

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Inaugural Home Opener Tonight for New Charlotte Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoIt 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.

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No Public Marketplace for Skylands Park Property

Sussex Skyhawks LogoThe 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

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College Teams to Christen Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS 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

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Loudoun Hounds Seek Bonds to Help Finance Stadium

Loudoun Hounds LogoVIP Sports and Entertainment, the company hoping to bring professional baseball and soccer to Loudoun County (VA), wrote to the Economic Development Authority last week asking for a resolution for $55 million in taxable bonds to finance a stadium.  Read more hereView VIP press release here.

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Wausau Ballpark Renovations Nearing Completion

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoA 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 hereView construction photos here.

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Oak Creek Possible Option B for Frontier League Team

Frontier League logoIf Franklin (WI) balks at approving a deal to build a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Frontier League franchise, The Rock sports complex CEO Mike Zimmerman is reportedly eyeballing nearby Oak Creek (WI) as a possible alternative.  Read more here.

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Columbia Approves Baseball Deal

Sand Gnats LogoBy 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.

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‘Bambino’ Party Boat Arrives at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS 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

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Whitecaps Open in Front of 7,128 at Restored Ballpark

Whitecaps LogoPRESS 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

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A Video Tour of the New Husky Ballpark

Washington Huskies LogoCan’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.

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Columbia (SC), Hardball Capital Amend Ballpark Agreement

Sand Gnats LogoThe 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.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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Local Reporter Dismisses Idea of Blaze Departure

Bakersfield Blaze LogoWe 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

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Restored Fifth Third Ballpark Ready for Home Opener

Whitecaps LogoHours 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 here10 things to know here.

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New Fan Amenity: The Rooftop at Coors Field

Colorado Rockies LogoEvery 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 hereGo to @RoxRooftop.

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Design Teams Present Development Visions for Sulphur Dell Ballpark Area

Nashville Sounds LogoDesign 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.

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New Ballpark Drives U-Dub Success

Washington Huskies LogoThe University of Washington baseball team moved into a new ballpark this season, and the sparkling new digs have helped the Huskies become the latest Northwest team to jump to national prominence.  Read more hereView ballpark grand opening photo gallery here.

Washington Huskies New Ballpark Rendering 3

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Shockoe Bottom Historic-Review Process Underway

Richmond Flying SquirrelsA voluntary historic review of the Shockoe Bottom site slated for the proposed new ballpark for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) is underway.  The process is projected to take three months for documentary research and expert review, followed by four months of archaeological excavation.  Preparing a final report and educational materials on the findings will take about 18 months.  Read more here.

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