Construction 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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The 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.
This is not breaking news for those who pay attention to the business of baseball, particularly at the minor-league level, but PennLive blogger Dave Sottile takes a look at how fun and entertainment help drive attendance at Metro Bank Park, home of the Double-A Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League). Read more and view photos here.
Hartford 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.
Biloxi (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.
Bids 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.
Despite 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 here. View RFP here. Learn more about the Downtown North development here.
On Saturday, July 5, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor The Black Keys, an American rock duo formed in Akron (OH) in 2001, with their very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get one. Watch The Black Keys perform a hit from their Rubber Factory album here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Biloxi (MS)-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). Read more and view photos here
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited AT&T Field, home of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League). Read more and view photos here
On Saturday, June 28, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor Akron’s (OH) own Chrissie Hynde, lead singer for The Pretenders, with her very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get a Chrissie. Watch Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders in action here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Set for Wednesday, June 25th, the classic will celebrate the ‘Roaring Twenties’. The 12:30 p.m. contest will showcase the Birmingham Barons Continue reading
The Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League) will celebrate their 20th season tonight at Jerry Uht Park. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a commemorative poster. Read more here.
General mangers in the Double-A Eastern League are challenging each other to take a cold water dousing for charity. Watch New Britian Rock Cats GM accept challenge here. Watch Erie SeaWolves GM accept challenge here. Watch Akron RubberDucks GM accept challenge here. Watch Trenton GM accept challenge here. Okay, you get the picture. Thanks to Michael Nolan for the heads up.
PRESS RELEASE – Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC, owner of the Frisco RoughRiders, is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement with Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju for the sale of the Frisco RoughRiders franchise. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Texas League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office Continue reading
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.
On Saturday, June 14, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor guitar hero Joe Walsh of the legendary band The Eagles with his very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get the prize. Watch Joe Walsh and the James Game from 1971 here.
The name-the-team contest for the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS) is down to six finalists announced on June 2, including the Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers or Shuckers. The voting continues for another week at BaseballBiloxi.com. Read more here and here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Wolff Stadium, home of the Double-A San Antonio Missions (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.
With about 14,000 Walmart shareholders converging on Bentonville (AR) for the company’s annual shareholders meeting Friday, the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) in nearby Springdale saw an attendance bump at Arvest Park from 3,075 Wednesday to 6,393 Thursday. Friday should be a big night too, as the team brings back the “what could have been” Thunder Chickens. Read more here.
For those interested in ballpark feasibility research and analysis, Brailsford & Dunlavey, in partnership with Pendulum, handled the duties for Hartford (CT), as the “Insurance Capital of the World” sought to lure the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) 12 miles northeast to a new downtown Hartford ballpark. The report is dated February 18, 2014. Read more here. View New Ballpark Planning Study here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Security Bank Ballpark, home of the Double-A Midland RockHounds (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.
Despite architects’ estimates that the new Biloxi minor league baseball stadium would not be ready until more than a month into the 2015 season, team part-owner Tim Bennett said Thursday the project has not reached the “worrisome” stage. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, welcomed the 8 millionth fan in franchise history Wednesday night as the Sea Dogs hosted the New Britain Rock Cats at 5:00 PM. Jane Charron from Falmouth, Maine was the lucky fan, who was attending the game with her family. Continue reading
The University of Alabama is negotiating to play its 2015 baseball season at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover (AL), as 66-year-old Sewell Thomas Stadium, the Crimson Tide’s on-campus home, undergoes a $35 million renovation. Read more here. Read more about the Sewell renovation here. Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the links.
There was a major change on Friday involving the new baseball stadium in Biloxi (MS) being built for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). Convinced it will save time and money, the city council voted in a special session to do away with the construction manager approach and take bids for a general contractor instead. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Because it’s too predictable to celebrate round-numbers and a 21st anniversary seems to be the perfect occasion to “legally” celebrate everybody’s favorite bar-based television show, the Altoona Curve will host “Cheers Night” on Tuesday, May 20 when they play the Akron RubberDucks in a 6:30 game. The final episode of “Cheers” aired on May 20, 1993. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Thunder announced today that John Rodgers has been named the new Director, Broadcasting/Corporate Sales and will make his debut on the Thunder Radio Network at this Thursday’s game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia). The broadcast will begin at 6:45pm on 91.3 FM and trentonthunder.com with game time at ARM & HAMMER Park slated for 7:05pm. Continue reading
Slugger, the mascot for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League), is walking 114 miles from Boston’s Fenway Park to Portland’s Hadlock Field to raise awareness for Tourette syndrome. Slugger left Fenway on Sunday at noon en route to Hadlock. He is expected to arrive on Thursday in time for the Sea Dogs’ 6 p.m. game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Read more here. Watch video here. Follow Slugger on Facebook here.