MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League). Read more and view photos here. Read about the Knight’s long-time visiting clubhouse manager here. Read about the Knights’ Spanish-language radio team here.
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The inaugural Charlotte Beerfest will be held Sept. 20 at BB&T Ballpark, the new uptown home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League). On Thursday, team President Dan Rajkowski and representatives from N.C. craft-brewers The Old Mecklenburg Brewery and Foothills Brewing Co. joined local media personality Jon Wilson to reveal plans for the festival. Read more here.
With the return of America’s pastime and the re-introduction of baseball to Charlotte (NC), over a century of rich baseball history and traditions have been reborn. On Tuesday, August 5, the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) are set to re-introduce some of Charlotte’s baseball history with a special Charlotte Hornets Tribute at BB&T Ballpark. Read more here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Coolray Field, home of the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves (International League). Read more and view photos here
As the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) break attendance records at their new BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte (NC), the former home of the Knights in Fort Mill (SC) awaits demolition. Read more and watch news report here.
Take bigger crowds, add higher average spending per person and the result is enough hot dogs, beer and sodas sold to triple what the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) did last season. Read more here.
Monroe County and the Rochester Red Wings are seeking $4.5 million from the state for a $7.5 million makeover of Frontier Field, which could include a baseball museum in the old firehouse, installing a new field, revamping the concourse and suites and improving the front gate entrance. Read more here.
Triple-A Buffalo Bisons play-by-play voice Ben Wagner takes a looks at International League venues from the broadcast booth. Read more here.
The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) will wear Batman-inspired jerseys for “Superhero Night” on Friday, June 20. But before that fun, IronPigs will utilize their revolutionary “Urinal Gaming System” for their “Pee-nalty” Soccer Shootout game during this year’s FIFA World Cup starting Thursday, June 12. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
Cato Corporation, a company based in Charlotte (NC) that runs a chain of womens’ fashion stores across the southeast, has reportedly purchased the former home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) in Fort Mill (SC) Read more and watch news report here.
Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com visits BB&T Ballpark, the new uptown home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League). Mr. Mock’s comprehensive review covers the stadium’s development, design and construction, amenities, concessions, and overall fan experience. Read more and view 40 photos here.
Ghostbusters star Bill Murray channels the ghost of Harry Carey to welcome fans to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (International League) “Ghostbuster Night” on May 30, 2014 at Fifth Third Field. This year is the 30th anniversary of the film. Watch promo video here.
Charlotte (NC) resident Philip Elmore, stationed in Germany for his service in the Navy, surprised his 8-year-old daughter at BB&T Ballpark on Friday. Donning a Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) uniform and catcher’s gear, he took the field without his daughter, Isabella, recognizing him. After she threw a pitch to Elmore, he removed his mask and embraced Isabella. Read more here. Watch video here.
PRESS RELEASE – Twenty-three NFL players will interview Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye general manager Joe Napoli in a mock press conference on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, as part of its NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp at Bowling Green State University. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – With the historic first month of the season in the books, the Charlotte Knights are set to kick-off the month of May with a return home to BB&T Ballpark on Monday, May 5 to open an eight-game homestand. Monday’s series opener against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) features an appearance by WWE Hall-of-Famer Tito Continue reading
The Sports Business Journal talks with ballpark architect Martin Dinitto from Ballpark Design Associates about his work designing minor league baseball stadiums, as he turns his attention to upgrades for Zephyr Field, home of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Dinitto spent 24 years working for Populous and HNTB before starting his own firm in 2010. Read more here.
The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) will battle it out Saturday in police and firefighter jerseys for “Heroes Night” at Coca-Cola Park. The jerseys are already being auctioned off via Qtego Auction Technology, a firm that provides “a revolutionary silent auction experience.” View auction here.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the fact that the first Star Wars movie hit the screens in 1977, the brand is still a hot commodity in the baseball world, as at least three teams celebrate the iconic film in 2014 with Star Wars wear, including the Cincinnati Reds, Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League), and Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Midwest League).
PRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Red Wings have announced plans to install a brand-new, full color, LED video board in right field replacing the board that has been there since Frontier Field’s inaugural season in 1997. The new video board, designed and manufactured by Daktronics, will be up and running for Opening Day at Frontier Field on April 5. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The sights and sounds of Buffalo Bisons baseball will fill Coca-Cola Field in just 10 days with Opening Day set for Thursday, April 3 against the Rochester Red Wings (2:05 p.m.). And with the announcement of ‘What’s New’ at the ballpark this season, the Bisons Fan Experience will reach fantastic new levels of entertainment and value in 2014. Continue reading
The Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs will celebrate their 100th season in the International League in 2014 with a specially designed patch that players will wear on the left shoulder of their home and road jerseys. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
A lease extension approved by the Pawtucket City Council keeps the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) at McCoy Stadium until at least 2021 and ends any chatter about moving the baseball team to the I-195 land in neighboring Providence. Read more here. Read more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced today that Jimmy Walck has been named as the new public address announcer at Coca-Cola Park. The search for the second-ever “Voice of Coca-Cola Park” began in January, after Tim Chorones — who held the post since the team’s inception in 2008 — stepped down after six seasons due to increased career and family obligations. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Omaha Storm Chasers have been selected to host the 28th annual Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be held during the week of July 12-15, 2015. The Triple-A All-Star game will take place at Werner Park, and will include several days of exciting events and activities. A committee of nine local business and civic leaders, chaired by Dan O’Neill, president of First National Bank, the event’s Continue reading
The 2013 season of the Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League) was the 25th anniversary of the hit movie Bull Durham. To commemorate the movie and the historic franchise, the blog Bull City Summer chronicled all 72 home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Jordan G. Teicher from the Slate gives us a taste of the journey in words and photographs posted about the BCS project. Read more here.
As construction nears completion on the new home for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), contractors used a huge crane on Friday to lift panels into place for the facility’s main 30 feet by 82 feet videoboard. Read more and watch video here. Meanwhile, the Knights have released their promo schedule and celebrity appearances, entertainment acts, and tribute nights for the 2014 season.
For 28-year old Craig Sampsell, working in the sports turf industry has been his passion as long as he can remember. From youth sports to the professional ranks, he has manicured athletic fields of all shapes and sizes. But the path has been anything but straight-and-narrow. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Winter’s been brutal this year and warm weather has never sounded so good. We’re celebrating summer with the most action-packed, fun-filled promo schedule in history! We’ve put together more family-friendly theme nights, must-have giveaways, and super special appearances than ever before. Check out the whole promo schedule or read on for our top picks for 2014. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Hungry fans interested in satisfying their appetites at BB&T Ballpark will be able to do so all season long as the Charlotte Knights revealed Sahlen’s as the team’s official Hot Dog provider at a press conference held at Romare Bearden Park earlier today. Bimbo Bakeries, a local Charlotte manufacturer and distributer of baked goods, provided Ball Park buns for today’s media event. The Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Pawtucket Red Sox have named Josh Maurer as a new radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Josh will join Jeff Levering, who returns for his second season as lead play-by-play voice, as the duo will broadcast all 144 PawSox games on 920 WHJJ and the 12-station PawSox Radio Network. Maurer was chosen among more than 100 nationwide applicants to, in Continue reading
This really isn’t news, as it’s just an opinion piece, but Richard Benck, vice president of investment and risk managment for Unimin Corp. in New Canaan (CT), has made a wishful pitch for a new Fenway-like ballpark for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) in downtown Providence (RI). The team plays at McCoy Stadium, built in 1942. Read more here. View 195 Redevelopment page here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Buffalo Bisons today announced the installation of two exciting new features to Coca-Cola Field that will greatly enhance the fan experience at Coca-Cola Field; a 120- Speaker Distributed Sound System and a pair of 50-foot Full-Video LED Message Boards on the ballpark’s club-level façade. Both are a direct result of a strong public-private partnership that exists between Continue reading
It’s #SmellTheChange for the The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League), as they unveiled new alternative logos and uniforms today. Yes, that’s bacon on a cap and bacon piping on the corresponding alternative pants. Thanks to Chris Rosenberg for the heads up. Read more here. Go to SmellTheChange.com here.
A devleoper is exploring building of a 26-story high-rise apartment building at an uptown Charlotte site next to BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), that would include some retail space and would be built atop three stories of underground parking. Read more here.