Major League Baseball’s iBeacon project is entering phase two, with a debut project at this year’s All-Star Game at Target Field that uses Apple’s iBeacons combined with in-park attractions to offer additional content and interactive features to the exhibits via their devices. Read more here.
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The Oakland A’s and the agency that oversees the O.co Coliseum have apparently reached an agreement on a 10-year lease extension, according to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. Mayor Jean Quan said they are still in negotiations. Meanwhile, A’s owner Lew Wolff again dismisses the idea of a new ballpark at Howard Terminal. Read more here.
Last Wednesday, the Texas Rangers became the first in a series of unique stadium lifestyle events called “Fields of Fashion” that will be taking place at nine different ballparks on game days. Not a cookie-cutter styled rollout, according to the league, each ballpark will have the event uniquely tailored for each team. Read more here.
David P. Kronheim from NumberTamer.com has released his Major League Baseball attendance analysis for the 2013 season. Mr. Kronheim has been kind enough to share his data with us over the last few years, and we have posted his MLB and MiLB reports at the bottom of our Attendance Rankings page. You can view his 2013 Major League Baseball Attendance Analysis here.
In a series called “Ballpark Quirks,” Sports Illustrated takes a look at the distinctive features and oddities that make up each of MLB’s 30 parks. Up now: Kauffman Stadium’s fountains. Read more and view photos here.
Using aggregated data provided by Facebook, Tom Giratikanon, Josh Katz, David Lenohardt and Kevin Quely have created an unprecedented look at the geography of Major League Baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, but also to ZIP codes. Read more and view interactive maps here.
Lynn Lashbrook, sports agent and long-time promoter of bringing MLB to Portland (OR), is suggesting that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) could serve as a temporary home for the Oakland A’s, while a new MLB ballpark is built in the Rose City. Read more here. Rather than blabber on here about the many obstacles, we’ll let Portland-based MLB business analyst Continue reading
As the Major League Baseball season gets rolling, the folks over at Swimmingly have put together an infographic that shows the cost of scoreboard marriage proposals at every MLB ballpark. Prices range from $39 at PNC Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to $2,500 at Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some teams apparently don’t allow such proposals. Read more and view infographic here.
Ground crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets. So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game. Read more and watch news report here.
As MLB teams head home shortly from spring training to prepare for their regular-season openers, a lack of development and uncertain funding from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority could leave Glendale and Goodyear (AZ) in tough financial spots after backing the construction of new spring-training ballparks. Read more here.
Watch Nifty Time-Lapse Video Showing Conversion of Sydney Cricket Ground to Baseball (See Game Schedule Too)
The MLB Opening Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney (AUS) on March 22 and 23. You can watch a cool time-lapse video here showing the conversion of the facility’s playing surface from a cricket field to a baseball field. Go to mlbsydney2014.com to learn more about the Opening Series. Below is the schedule: Continue reading
Okay, so there is zero shot of this happening, but Budweiser and MLB are spearheading a campaign to make Opening Day a holiday. But in order to get an official response from the White House, 100,000 signatures are needed by March 26. Learn more and sign petition here. Go to Budweiser petition page here. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith helps to make the pitch here.
It’s been assumed that Major League Soccer’s New York City FC would begin their inaugural season playing within the confines of Yankee Stadium. However, MLB reportedly fears that the playing surface would be damaged from constant usage, leading to player injuries and disruption in play as was experienced in the 70s when the Cosmos called Yankee Stadium home. Read more here.
Brazil is and always will be a soccer country, especially during a year in which it hosts the World Cup, but major U.S. sports leagues for baseball, football, and basketball are seeing unprecedented growth as Brazilians become wealthier, more worldly and even frustrated with the shortcomings of their own national pastime. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The St. Louis Cardinals, The Cordish Companies and PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) announced today that PBR St. Louis will expand and add a new component to their brand with The Barn at PBR St. Louis, opening at Ballpark Village this Spring. Continue reading
The San Diego Padres have announced their 2014 promotional schedule, which includes a throwback series against the Chicago Cubs (May 22-25) with the Padres wearing their retro 1984 brown and orange jerseys for three games. Read more here. It also appears that Petco Park will be getting a few upgrades. Read more here.
The Australian Baseball League Championship Series is set, as the Canberra Cavalry downed the Sydney Blue Sox 7-1 Sunday in deciding Game 3 of the Preliminary Series. The Cavalry will now travel to Perth for the three-game, winner-take-all final against the Heat at Barbagallo Ballpark starting Friday, Feb. 7. Continue reading
Next week, Major League Baseball will reportedly begin rolling out thousands of iBeacons in ballparks around the country. The league is looking to have twenty parks outfitted with roughly 100 iBeacons each by Opening Day at the end of March. Boston, Milwaukee, San Diego, LA Dodgers, and San Francisco are among the teams that will have iBeacons installed. Read more here.
Backers of bringing a MLB franchise to Portland (OR) have the blueprint for a state-of-the-art baseball-only stadium, which would have a retractable roof and seat 35,000. They have community support, including that of the current city administration. A site endorsed by mayor Charlie Hales has been chosen. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the Link.
The Canberra Cavalry will face the Sydney Blue Sox for three-game Australian Baseball League Preliminary Final set to begin Friday. The winner of the best-of-three series will travel to Perth for a Claxton Shield clash with the Heat. The Perth Heat are the regular season champs and get a by to advance directly to the ABL Championship Series beginning Feb. 7. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Connecticut Tigers and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC), guaranteeing the agreement through the 2018 season. Continue reading
San Jose city officials last week officially shifted their antitrust case against Major League Baseball to a federal appeals court, taking the first step in trying to overturn a federal judge’s decision last year tossing out key legal arguments in the fight over the long-stalled plan to move the Oakland A’s to the South Bay. Read more here.
The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets will pay homage to the long-department Brooklyn Dodgers by wearing Dodger-inspired jerseys during five “Brooklyn Blue Nights” games this season. The first of these games will be against the Boston Celtics on March 21. Read more here. Get your jersey here. Thanks to John Cerone for the news.
A feasibility study launched last March by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in cooperation with the Montreal Baseball Project, a grassroots group founded by former Expo Warren Cromartie, was released on Thursday. Based on the analysis conducted by Ernst & Young, the return of MLB baseball would be financially viable under “a set of realistic assumptions.” Read more here.
Major League Baseball’s lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics’ request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by commissioner Bud Selig. Read more here.
In an effort to persuade the Washington Nationals to keep their spring-training operations in Viera (FL) or find another team to take their place, Brevard County put together an eight-page brochure showing what 20-year-old Space Coast Stadium could look like with a proposed $29 million facelift. The brochure was sent to Nationals executive last week and will be mailed to the other 29 MLB teams this week. Read more here.
It was announced today that Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will formally step down from the office when his current term expires on January 24, 2015. Read more here.
In ESPN The Magazine‘s Sept. 30 Franchise Issue, Rachel Ullrich takes a look at a number of few gut-busting food items available at six Major League Baseball ballparks. It’s early Tuesday morning, and we’re thinking PNC Park’s Brunch Burger would hit the spot right now! Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Although the Northwest Indiana Oilmen season concluded on Sunday, the Oil City Stadium diamond will not remain dormant for long. Major League Baseball’s newest high school scouting effort will make its way to Whiting on Tuesday and Wednesday in the form of the first ever Midwest Professional Showcase. Continue reading
Baseball author Rob Neyer takes a look at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and concludes we are in a new era of rank commercialism in MLB ballpark design. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
Cigar Advisor contributor Zack Barangan has written a piece on the best ballpark food in the major leagues – titled “America’s Best Baseball Stadiums for Food and Beer.” Read more here. Use the down arrow on the upper right of the article to scroll through the story.
The city of San Jose (CA) has filed a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball disputing MLB’s exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a “guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit. City officials have grown increasingly frustrated with MLB’s delay in having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark in San Jose. Read more here.