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Cobb County Approves Ballpark Contracts

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Cobb County (GA) Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve the builders for the Atlanta Braves’ new ballpark. American Builders 2017 will oversee construction of the stadium, which is schedule to open in early 2017.  The Commission also voted to approve multiple long form agreements that dictate a 30-year partnership between the franchise and the county.  Read more here.

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Braves Release New Renderings of Cobb County Ballpark

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Atlanta Braves on Wednesday released conceptual drawings of their planned 41,000-plus seat Cobb County Stadium.  Read more here and hereView gallery of renderings here.

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College Football for Turner Field?

Georgia State UniversityGeorgia State University is proposing repurposing Turner Field into a 30,000-seat football stadium and building another baseball stadium that will include Hank Aaron’s wall as part of the structure.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County have substantially completed negotiations on five major agreements that are necessary before construction Continue reading

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Flag Burning at Turner Field

Atlanta Braves LogoAs baseball legend Hank Aaron was honored and the Atlanta Braves’ latest division banner was unveiled, the waving American flag flying over the scoreboard at Turner Field was caught on fire by fireworks bursting in air.  Read more and view photo here.

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Braves Choose Populous

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Atlanta Braves have selected Kansas City-based Populous, formerly HOK, as the lead architect for the team’s planned new ballpark in Cobb County (GA).  Read more here.

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Ted Turner Wants Green Space for Turner Field After Demolition

Atlanta Braves LogoWhen the ballpark named after Ted Turner is demolished in four years, the media mogul hopes the city of Atlanta will convert the vacant area into green space.  Read more here.

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Cobb County Approves MOU to Build New Braves Stadium

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Cobb County (GA) Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a deal (a memorandum of understanding) to build a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves that would move the Major League Baseball team out of downtown Atlanta.  Under the plan, the new stadium would open in 2017.  Read more here.

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Braves Unveil Renderings for New Cobb County ballpark

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Atlanta Braves on Wednesday released renderings of the proposed $672 million Cobb County stadium as well as a projected $400 million mixed-use development that would accompany it.  Read more here.

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Braves Leaving Turner Field for New Digs in Cobb County

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Atlanta Braves announced on Monday that they are planning to build a state-of-the-art ballpark that will open in Cobb County, about 14 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, in time for the start of the 2017 season.  The proposed stadium will be located on the northwest corner of the I-75 and I-285 intersection.  Read more and watch announcement hereVisit HomeoftheBraves.com.

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Waffle House Comes to Braves’ Stadium

Atlanta Braves LogoWaffle House LogoHow about trying a classic, chocolate chip or peanut butter waffle with a side of hash browns at the ballpark?  Well, now you can.  Waffle House, one of the most iconic Southern institutions, has opened a concession stand at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.  Read more here

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Voters Shut Down Wilmington Stadium Project

Voters in Wilmington (NC) soundly rejected a referendum Tuesday authorizing the city to spend $37 million on a new baseball stadium for a relocated Single-A franchise that would have been owned and operated by the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties.  According to Mayor Bill Saffo Wednesday morning, baseball “is done.”   Read about here.

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Wilmington Zeros In On Two Properties for New Ballpark

The City of Wilmington is targeting two possible locations on the Cape Fear River for the proposed new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League team, including an 8.5-acre site north of PPD’s headquarters and the adjacent 8-acre Sawmill Point Marina tract, which is at the corner of Cowan Street and the Isabel Holmes Bridge.  The city has already been in negotiations with developer Chuck Schoninger Continue reading

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Wilmington Approves Stadium Contract With Braves, Mandalay

The Wilmington City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approve the deal with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to build a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise.  The future of the project will now hinge on the voters, who will go to the polls in November to approve or reject a proposed 2.5-cent increase in property taxes to pay for the project.  Read more here.

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Tentative Ballpark Deal Reached in Wilmington

A tentative ballpark deal has finally been reached between the City of Wilmington (NC), the Atlanta Braves, and Mandalay Baseball Properties.  The agreement is expected to go before the city council next Tuesday.  The proposed 2.5-cent property tax increase to pay for the new stadium will go before the voters in November.  Read more here.

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Still No Deal on Wilmington Ballpark Plan

The Wilmington City Council was hoping to vote next Tuesday on a plan to build a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise, but a final deal with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties remains a work in progress.  Read more here

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Ripken Design Disputes Reports It Pitched Ballpark Plan

Ripken Design is denying reports that it pitched a privately-funded ballpark plan to New Hanover County (NC) that would be $10 million less than the $37 million public-private ballpark project being pursued by the City of Wilmington.  Read more here.

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Voters to Decide Future of Proposed New Ballpark in Wilmington

The Wilmington (NC) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a $37-million bond referendum on the November ballot to cover the cost of a new stadium for a Single-A Carolina League that would be brought to town by the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Delays Decision on Ballpark Agreement

The Wilmington (NC) City Council has put off signing an agreement with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to build a new ballpark for a relocated Single-A Carolina League club.  The council is still scheduled to vote Tuesday on placing a bond referendum on the November ballot for the cost of land and stadium construction not to exceed $37 million.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Ballpark Decision Expected Monday

The Wilmington (NC) City Council reportedly plans to meet in closed session Monday with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to discuss a tentative deal for a new $37 million ballpark.  If an agreement is finalized, the council could vote Tuesday during a public hearing to place the matter on the November ballot.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Ballpark Referendum a Go, Negotiations Continue

The Wilmington (NC) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with a bond referendum in November to fund a new $42 million ballpark for an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, despite an invalid petition.  Meanwhile, the city and Mandalay Baseball Properties are still negotiating the numbers.  The city says $42 million is too much for the new park.  Mandalay has offered up Continue reading

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Ballpark Feasibility Report Released

The City of Wilmington has released a draft report from National Sports Services showing the estimated cost and feasibility of building a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise.  The council will vote to accept or reject the report next Tuesday.  Read more hereView report here.

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Anti-Ballpark Petition Succeeds, Questions Arise

The group trying to force a public vote on any taxpayer funding for a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise secured the number of petition signatures needed to make it happen — now what?  Shelby Sebens from the StarNewsOnline.com attempts to answer a number of fundamental questions about the impact of the successful petition drive.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.  Read more and view photos here.

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Map Released of Six Potential Ballpark Sites in Wilmington

Wilmington city fficials have released a map of six potential sites for the proposed new baseball stadium for an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Read more view map here.

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Go Forth and Study the Proposed Ballpark Project

The City of Wilmington (NC) gave National Sports Services its marching orders yesterday to produce a feasibility study by mid-June for the community’s proposed new baseball stadium.  The firm was hired last week to analyze the costs, economic benefits, and potential locations for the project.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Targets Ripken for Ballpark Project

Wilmington (NC) City Manager Sterling Cheatham has indicated that Ripken Design has been chosen out of 10 bidders to represent the city “in developing and analyzing all of the aspects that accompany the development of a minor league baseball facility.”  The city council is expected to review the proposal next Tuesday.  Read more here.

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Pro Stadium Business Coalition Formed, Press Conference at 10am Today (UPDATED)

The Wilmington Ballpark Coaltion, a group of local business leaders supporting the proposed new baseball stadium in Wilmington (NC), was introduced to the community on Monday.  It was also announced that representatives from Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves will hold a press conference to discuss the project at 10 a.m. this morning on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

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Mets Go Irish at Spring Training

The New York Mets donned nifty St. Patrick’s Day uniforms yesterday for a game against the Atlanta Braves at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie (FL).  Read more hereView jerseys here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Wilmington Council Approves Funding for Ballpark Feasibility Study

The Wilmington (NC) City Council has unanimously approved spending up to $123,500 to study the feasibility of building a new baseball stadium in the Port City for an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the news.

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Wilmington Considers Preliminary Ballpark Spend, Explores Locations

The Wilmington (NC) City Council on Tuesday will consider spending $123,500 over the coming months for a feasibility study, outside legal counsel, a financial adviser, property appraisal and project management in connection with a proposed new ballpark for a Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  The city is also looking at possible locations for the project.

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Hillcats Issue Statement on Possible Sale, Relocation, MiLB Replacement

PRESS RELEASE – Over the years, the Lynchburg Baseball Corp. (LBC) has from time to time received indications of interest pertaining to the acquisition of the Hillcats franchise. Consistently, the LBC’s response to any interested party has required a commitment to maintain professional baseball at Lynchburg City Stadium. Continue reading

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Wilmington to Begin Formal Negotiations for Affiliated Ball

The Wilmington (NC) City Council has unanimously approved a plan to begin formal negotiations with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to bring the Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League) to the Port City.  Not everyone is happy, including Darrell Handelsman, owner of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League), who argued that if the Braves come Continue reading

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Wilmington to Take Next Steps for Affiliated Ball

The mayor of Wilmington (NC) announced today that the city council will decide next week whether to begin negotiations with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Atlanta Braves to explore a public/private partnership to build a new minor league baseball stadium.  Read more here.

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Plans Unveiled for New Wilmington (NC) Stadium

Developer Chuck Schoninger has unveiled plans for a new baseball stadium, which would serve as a key attraction for a riverfront development that includes a hotel, restaurants, and marina.  The city is currently talking with Schoninger about financing options for the ballpark project.  The Atlanta Braves have apparently expressed interest in locating an affiliate in the Port City.  Read more here.

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Bobby Cox Talking Pro Ball in Wilmington (NC)

Former Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox recently visted with officials in Wilmington (NC) to discuss the return of pro ball to the Port City.  The city council is scheduled to discuss Cox’s visit and a potential new ballpark at a workshop scheduled for Dec. 16.  Wilmington is the current home for the successful summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League).  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Turner Field Tops List in Global Study

According to an international study of 75 stadiums in 23 countries built or renovated since 1996 for major events like the Olympics, Turner Field, home of MLB’s Atlanta Braves, tops the list as the most successful.  The new study was done by the Danish Institute for Sports Studies.  Read more here.

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Braves and Phillies to Honor Negro Leagues, Will Sport Retro Unis Tonight

The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will sport throwback uniforms tonight to honor the Negro Leagues as part of MLB’s Civil Rights Game weekend series at Turner Field.  The Braves will wear the old uniforms from the Atlanta Black Crackers, while the Phillies will wear the old uniforms for the Philadelphia Stars.  For Sunday’s showcase event, the teams will play in jerseys from 1974, when Hank Aaron hit his Continue reading

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Braves, Cubs…Goldeyes?

Not unike the national brand-building by MLB’s Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs on cable television stations TBS and WGN, respectively, the indy pro American Association’s Winnipeg (MB) Goldeyes are going national (in Canada).  Starting tonight, 19 Goldeyes’ home games will be broadcast live across the Great White North on Shaw TV and Shaw Direct during the 2011 season. Continue reading

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A Perspective on Braves Pitching Coach Roger McDowell

Homophobic statements, a sexual simulation with a bat (in front of little girls), a “Kids don’t belong at an f’n ballpark” comment, and a threat of bodily harm from Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell is absolutely unacceptable, particularly when paying fans are the target of the onslaught.  A two week suspension?  This is a business, and fans are our bread and butter.  Making memories (not Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Champion Stadium (Lake Buena Vista, FL)

Ballpark Reviews visited Champion Stadium (Lake Buena Vista, FL), the spring training home for the Atlanta Braves.  Read review and view photos here.

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