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Ballpark Visit ALERT: BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte, NC)

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoMLB.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 hereRead about the Knight’s long-time visiting clubhouse manager hereRead about the Knights’ Spanish-language radio team here.

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Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark to Host New Beer Festival

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe 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.

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Charlotte Hornets Throwback Night Set for Aug. 5

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoWith 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.

Charlotte Knights Charlotte Hornets Throwback Night

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Coolray Field (Gwinnett, GA)

Gwinnett Braves LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Coolray Field, home of the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves (International League).  Read more and view photos here

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The Coming Demolition of the Knights’ Former Home

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoAs 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.

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Knights Concession Sales Way Up

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoTake 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.

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Red Wings Seeking State Funds for Frontier Field Upgrades

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoMonroe 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.

Rochester Red Wings Frontier Upgrades Rendering

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Charlotte Ballpark Most High-Tech Thanks to High-Tech Infrastructure

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) partnered with Hickory (NC)-based CommScope to make sure their new BB&T Ballpark one of the most technologically advanced in minor league baseball.  Read more here.

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International League Venues From the Press Box

International League LogoTriple-A Buffalo Bisons play-by-play voice Ben Wagner takes a looks at International League venues from the broadcast booth.  Read more here.

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It’s Batman and a Pee Contest for Upcoming IronPigs Promotions

IronPigs LogoThe 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.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Pee-Nalty

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Knights Former Home Sold

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoCato 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.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte, NC)

BaseballParks.com LogoCharlotte Knights New Primary LogoJoe 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.

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Bill Murray Promotes Mud Hens ‘Ghostbusters Night’

Toledo Mudhens LogoGhostbusters 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.

Toledo Mud Hens Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Night with Jersey

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Tearjerker Friday Night at BB&T Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoCharlotte (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 hereWatch video here.

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NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp Returns to Mud Hens Home

Toledo Mudhens LogoNFLPRESS 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

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WWE Legend, School Teacher Tito Santana at BB&T Ballpark for Cinco de Mayo

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoPRESS 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

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SBJ Talks with Ballpark Architect Martin Dinitto, Zephr Field on Deck

New Orleans Zephyrs Alternative LogoThe 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.

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Police and Firefighter Jerseys for ‘Heroes Night’ Saturday

IronPigs LogoThe 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.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Heroes Night

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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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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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Newly Renovated Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham Bulls LogoFor 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 hereWatch the bull going strong here.

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Knights Players Practice for the First Time at New Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) took the field at new the BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte (NC) for the first time Tuesday.  The ballpark’s inaugural home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 11.  Read more and watch news report hereWatch video here.

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Star Wars Still Hot

Star Wars LogoDespite 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).

Star Wars Mania 2014

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Red Wings to Install New RF Videoboard

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoPRESS 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

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Bisons Announce ‘What’s New’ in 2014

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoPRESS 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

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Chiefs Unveil 100th Season Patch

Syracuse Chiefs Secondary Logo SmallThe 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.

Syracuse Chiefs 100th Season Patch

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Paw Sox Staying Put, Extend Lease

Pawtucket Red Sox LogoA 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 hereRead more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.

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Jimmy Walck Named New ‘Voice of Coca-Cola Park’

IronPigs LogoPRESS 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

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Storm Chasers to Host 2015 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game, Release Logo

Omaha Storm Chasers Secondary LogoPRESS 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

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The Bull City Summer Project

Durham Bulls LogoThe 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.

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Bats Release 2014 Promo Schedule

Louisville Bats Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Louisville Bats have announced their full promotions schedule for the 2014 season at Louisville Slugger Field. Highlighted promotions include four bobblehead giveaways, five cap giveaways, Star Wars Night and additional premium dates. Continue reading

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Huge Videoboard Installed, as BB&T Ballpark Prepares for Inaugural Home Opener

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoAs 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.

Charlotte Knights Widest Videoboard

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How Sports Turf Saved a Life

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Glenn Gray

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

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Mud Hens Top 10 Promos Include Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Celebration & Jerseys

Toledo Mudhens LogoPRESS 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

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Buffalo (NY)-Based Sahlen’s Named Official Hot Dog Provider of Knights

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoPRESS 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

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Paw Sox Name New Radio Broadcaster

Pawtucket Red Sox LogoPRESS 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

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Unimum VP Offers Vision for Downtown Paw Sox Ballpark

Pawtucket Red Sox LogoThis 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 hereView 195 Redevelopment page here.

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Bisons Announce Installation of New Sound System, LED Message Boards

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoPRESS 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

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Smell The Change: IronPigs Unveil New Alternative Logos, Unis

IronPigs LogoIt’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 hereGo to SmellTheChange.com here.
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Lehigh Valley IronPigs New Uniforms

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Developer Eyeing Major Project Next to New Charlotte Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoA 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.

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