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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

Glenn Gray

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.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs New Uniforms

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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RailRiders Announce Addition to Broadcast Booth

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Logo 3PRESS RELEASE – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) are proud to announce the addition of Aaron Berlin to the organization’s broadcast team for the 2014 season. Berlin will work alongside RailRiders’ director of media relations and broadcasting, John Sadak, and will assist in delivering the exciting play-by-play and color commentary on the RailRiders’ Continue reading

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Syracuse Chiefs Rename Horse Statue

Syracuse Chiefs Secondary Logo SmallThe Syracuse Chiefs announced last week that the horse statue outside NBT Bank Stadium has been renamed “Homer,” after a “Rename the Horse” contest.  Read more and view photo hereView press release here.

Syracuse Chies Rename the Horse Statue

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Trolley Frogs ‘What If? Night’ Highlights RailRiders 2014 Promo Schedule

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Logo 3PRESS RELEASE – When prompted for what would draw them to PNC Field, the people of NEPA have consistently used a familiar refrain – giveaways. Today, with the announcement of their 2014 promotional schedule, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) answered that call. The docket calls for a franchise-record 25 giveaways planned to help celebrate 25 seasons of SWB Continue reading

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Latest Photos: New Uptown Charlotte Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe latest photos of the new uptown Charlotte (NC) ballpark being built for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) have been released.  It’s looking good!  View photo gallery here.

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Year-Round Frozen Yogurt Store to Open at New Uptown Charlotte Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoPRESS RELEASE – BB&T Ballpark, the new Uptown Charlotte home of the Charlotte Knights, will be providing fans in the area with more than just baseball and events year-round. The new ballpark for the Knights will be home to ‘The Fuzzy Peach’, a North Carolina-based frozen treats store that will feature delicious healthy desserts including frozen yogurt, waffle cones and cups, and more, all-year-round. A grand opening is planned for April of 2014. Continue reading

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Improvements Coming to Harbor Park

Norfolk Tides LogoThe Triple-A Norfolk Tides’ (International League) recently approved lease with Harbor Park stabilizes the club’s long relationship with the city and calls for improvements to the 21-year-old structure.  Read more here.

Norfolk Tides-Populous Ballpark Improvement Rendering

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Richmond Officials Visit Durham

Richmond Flying SquirrelsA visit to Durham Athletic Park, home of the Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League), on Wednesday likely gave Richmond (VA) leaders more confidence about moving forward with a new ballpark for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League).  Durham (NC) officials told the Richmond group that the decision to build their park paid off in a big way when the stadium was completed in 1995.  The Continue reading

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Chorones Steps Down, IronPigs Begin Search for New Stadium Voice

IronPigs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are beginning a search for a new Coca-Cola Park public address announcer. Tim Chorones, who held the post since the team’s inception in 2008, has stepped down after six seasons behind the microphone. Continue reading

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Knights Close Book on Fort Mill Stadium

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) put the final seal on the baseball team’s move back to Charlotte (NC) Monday, after ceremonially locking the doors to the Fort Mill (SC) stadium the team called home for 24 seasons.  Read more here.

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Man Builds Impressive Replica Model of Frontier Field

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoMark MacEwan, who has only been working in architecture for a year, has constructed a pretty sweet to-scale model of Frontier Field, home of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League), which is on display at the ballpark.  Read more hereRead press release hereView photo gallery here.

Mark MacEwan with model, Red Wings photo

Mark MacEwan with Frontier Field model, Red Wings photo

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Tides Lease Extended

Norfolk Tides Logo The Norfolk (VA) City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 15-year lease with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides (International League) for the continued use of Harbor Park.  Read more here.

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Outdoor Hockey at Rochester’s Frontier Field

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League) and Frontier Field began hosting outdoor hockey with the Rochester Americans vs. Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) on Friday, Dec. 13.  A full slate of other games and events will take place at the facility through Sunday, Dec. 21.  Read more here.  View photos here and here.

Rochester Red Wings Frozen Frontier Logo

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Knights Front Office Planning Move Into New Ballpark (View Latest Stadium Photos!)

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) front-office staff is planning to move into the new BB&T Ballpark in uptown on Feb. 1.  Read more hereView ballpark photo gallery here.

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Tribe Named Triple-A Freitas Winners

Indianapolis Indians LogoPRESS RELEASE – Baseball America has named the Indianapolis Indians as the Triple-A recipient of the 2013 Bob Freitas Award, which is presented to the organization with the best overall operations at each level of Minor League Baseball. The Indians will accept the award at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings on Monday, Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading

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Stadium Living at Old Indianapolis Ballpark Proves Popular

Indianapolis Indians LogoOnce abandoned and rundown, old Bush Stadium, the former home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (International League), looked destined for the wrecking ball.  But a unique plan by Core Redevelopment, LLC to revitalize the ballpark by building and renting Stadium Lofts within the confines of the original structure has proven to be a success.  Read more hereView photo hereVisit Core Development here.

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Durham Bulls Unveil New On-Field Look for 2014

Durham Bulls LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Durham Bulls have unveiled three new jerseys that will make up the storied franchise’s uniform set beginning in 2014. Reimagined home and road jerseys, along with a brand new alternate top, were revealed on the Bulls Instagram account after a series of sneak preview images were posted via the social media platform.

Durham bulls Unveil New Unis
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New HD Videoboards Among Exciting DBAP Upgrades

Durham Bulls LogoPRESS RELEASE – The International League Champion Durham Bulls have announced details of new videoboards that will be among the highlights of a $19 million renovation project at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Dallas, TX based TS Sports has been contracted to install three new state-of-the-art, HD displays that will provide better views of instant replays, in-game entertainment and game information. Continue reading

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Redesigned Unis for Bulls in 2014

Durham Bulls LogoPRESS RELEASE – The International League Champion Durham Bulls have announced they will sport redesigned uniforms for the 2014 season. Beginning Tuesday, November 12 at 4:00pm, fans can get sneak previews of the jerseys on the team’s Instagram account. Special glimpses of the reimagined uniform tops will be labeled with the #BullsReborn tag, which fans can follow leading up to the full Continue reading

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