Ron Tonkin Field, home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League), made more money for the city in 2014 than it did last year, but Hillsboro still has a long way to go if it wants to break even on the debt service it pays for the $15.5 million stadium. Read more and view interactive chart here.
City of Savannah (GA) staff members are recommending that the proposed new stadium for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) be considered as a part of the planned Canal District. The recommendation rejects the Savannah River Landing site picked in a recent $55,000 ballpark study. The city council will address the issue on Thursday. Read more here.
New York City-based developer and co-owner of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) Frank Ward is planning up to 30,000 square feet of retail space for his planned development to sit adjacent to First Tennessee Park in Sulphur Dell. Read more here.
Renovations to Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League), will cost up to $3 million more than budgeted. According to the Lansing (MI) mayor’s office, new locker rooms, scoreboards, concessions areas and other upgrades will have to rely on more private funding and more bonding dollars. Read more here.
Commissioner Bud Selig traced the Tampa Bay Rays’ inability to retain key personnel — at least in part — to the inability to secure a new ballpark. Read more here. Meanwhile, Rays owners Stuart Sternberg has reportedly had discussions with wealthy Wall Street associates about moving the Rays to Montreal. Read more here.
The indy pro American Association is reportedly in talks with Brownsville (TX) about building a new stadium and bringing a franchise to town. Local officials are apparently pleased it’s not the “semi-defunct” United League that has come knockin’. Sources say the league is also looking at New Braunfels (TX). Read more here.