PRESS RELEASE – The Richmond Flying Squirrels have released conceptual renderings of what a proposed regional ballpark on the Boulevard could resemble. Created by Populous, an international design firm specializing in sports architecture, the depicted ballpark reflects a “Richmondesque” design with brick exterior, a grass berm Continue reading
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Two investment groups have expressed interest in buying the Oakland A’s, including one group that dropped out of the bidding war for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But owner Lew Wolff has said that the team is not for sale. Wolff and his partner bought the A’s for $172 million in 2005, so they could make a healthy profit. That said, we suspect there is a lot more at play here than simple Continue reading
On the heels of a study just released indicating a positive economic impact of a proposed new $55 million uptown Charlotte (NC) ballpark for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), a City Council committtee has asked the team to make a formal request for financial support at a meeting on March 15. Read more here.
The Pioneer Press newspaper issued an editorial on Saturday strongly endorsing $27 in proposed state bonding for a new $54 million, 7,000-seat ballpark in Lowertown for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). Read more here.
Lackawanna County (PA) is still in negotiations to sell the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (International League) to SWB Yankees LLC, a joint venture between Mandalay Baseball Properties and the New York Yankees. Concerns have been raised by some that time is running very short, as demolition of PNC Field needs to begin soon in order for a new ballpark to be built in time for the club’s Continue reading
While MLB has not given its blessing to allow the Oakland A’s to relocate to San Jose, the city is wasting no time ramping up road improvements that will help alleviate traffic congestion should the new ballpark project move forward. Read more here.
In positive news for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), Rep. Larry Howes, the Republican chair of the Minnesota State House of Representatives’ Capital Investment Committee, said he is “99 percent” in support of the proposed new ballpark in Lowertown St. Paul. Interestingly, Howes is not a St. Paul legislator trying to protect his own project. He represents a very rural district nearly four Continue reading
Champaign (IL) Mayor Don Gerard has finally appointed an exploratory committee to determine the feasbility of building a new minor league ballpark, after announcing the idea last summer. The group, led by software executive Tony Johnston, will begin discussions on Monday, Jan. 30. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has provided $27 million in financing for a new ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) in his $775 million bonding proposal unveiled today. The local match required is $20 million. The project must now face the gauntlet of the GOP-controlled Minnesota State Legislature. Read more here.
Following up on yesterday’s posting that the city of Milwaukie (OR) is moving forward with the second phase of the proposed new ballpark project for a yet-to-be-named Single-A Northwest League franchise, 360 Architecture showed off several potential designs. View one design here. We like the seemingly larger-than-typical covered grandstand. Read more here.
At a special public meeting last night to discuss Phase I of the proposed new ballpark for a yet-to-be-named Single-A Northwest League franchise, the Milwaukie (OR) City Council heard from strong supporters and staunch opponents. In the end, after a three-hour meeting, the council voted 3-2 to authorize moving on to Phase II. Blogger and long-time Portland Beavers/ Rockies fan Steve Armbrust was on the scene and Continue reading
Now that the California Supreme Court has essentially ruled to kill off local redevelopment agencies, the city of Oakland is eyeballing the EB-5 visa program to fund a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s. This pay-to-play visa program allows a potential immigrant to get a green card for himself and his immediate family by investing at least $1 million in a project that produces at least 10 full-time jobs. If the Continue reading
In recent weeks, the Oakland A’s have been talking as though the move to San Jose is inevitable, but former San Francisco Giants managing general partner Peter Magowan believes it’s “wishful thinking.” Reportedly, the A’s stadium issue is not on the agenda for the owners meetings in Scottsdale (AZ) in two weeks. Read more here.
Of the three potential locations identified for a new ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League), the East Bank of the Cumberland River is the clear winner in the eyes of the team’s ownership. The Sounds don’t seem to have much interest in the Sulphur Dell or North Gulch sites, if the city wants a healthier financial commitment from the club. Read more and view aerial rendering here.
The U.S. Security and Exchange Commissions (SEC) has delivered letters to the City of Miami and Dade County requesting documents related to the public financing deal for the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark. Read more here.
According to preliminary projections commissioned by the City of Milwuakie (OR), light and noice from the proposed new ballpark would have a limited impact on surrounding neighborhoods. Read more and view impact maps here.
PRESS RELEASE – Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI) broke ground today on its $8 million dollar one-of-its-kind baseball stadium and new residence hall combination. Continue reading
The City of Milwaukie (OR) has scheduled three public meetings to allow citizens to weigh in on the proposed new baseball stadium targeted for Oregon Department of Transportation property south of Milwaukie. The so-called listening posts are scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 17. Read more here.
First the Miami Marlins’ new amateurish and overly rainbowish logo is leaked. Now comes the developing scultpure that will sit beyond centerfield in the Marlins new ballpark. Some folks absolutely hate it. We find the arcade-like contraption tacky and over the top, but we love the all-in, Disneyland-like approach to atmosphere and theme building, which can make many traditionalists cringe. Read more here.
San Diego Padres CEO Jeff Moorad has not given up on the proposed new ballpark in Escondido (CA) for the Triple-A Tuscon Padres (Pacific Coast League). He has reportedly extended the deadline for the city to finalize plans on building the new stadium until at least mid-January. Read more here.
The Milwaukie (OR) City Council voted on Tuesday night to authorize the city to hire three companies to determine the feasibility of building a new minor league baseball stadium. The three companies tapped to handle the duties are Innovative Campaign Strategies, 360 Architecture, and Capital Project Consultants. Read more here.
Staff reporter Annie Johnson from the Nashville Business Journal bolsters the case for a new ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) by ranking and showcasing the top-10 new minor league ballparks based on a percentage increase in attendance. Read more here. View Top-10 gallery here.
While the City of Zion (IL) and the indy pro Lake County Fielders (North American League) prepare for an ugly legal battle over unpaid rent and a permanent ballpark that was never built, City Attorney Scott Puma has made it clear that Zion wants the team gone. Continue reading
According to Art Silber, owner of the Single-A Potomac Nationals (Carolina League), “tremendous progress” is being made in locating a site in Prince William County (VA) for a proposed new ballpark for the team. Plans continue to target 2013 for a facility grand opening. Read more here.
In exchange for needed land for the new $60 million ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League), the city has agreed to waive $7 million in costs related to street closures desired by the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Read more here.
Officials from the Florida…er…Miami Marlins are reporting that construction on the team’s new stadium is 80 percent complete, is coming in on budget at $515 million, and will be ready time for (Grand) Opening Day, when the Marlins take on the St. Louis Cardinals on April 4, 2012. Read more here. View photos here.
The indy pro St. Paul Saints defeated the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the first game of the American Association championship series, and the Saints are hoping a successful run will give them the extra kick they need to secure funding for a proposed new $47 million ballpark in Lowertown St. Paul. Read more and watch news clip here.
The ballpark building team is now in place in Birmingham, with more than 50 companies, suppliers, and contractors ramping up the design, development, and construction of the new downtown home for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League). The project is projected to generate 500 jobs and $18 million in payroll. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Liberty University earlier this month continued its march toward becoming a prominent collegiate athletics program by announcing the planned construction of a new baseball stadium next to its recently expanded Arthur L. Williams football complex. Continue reading
With 82 percent of the ballots counted, voters in Nassau County (NY) have rejected borrowing $400 million to replace the arena for the NHL’s New York Islanders and build a new ballpark for an Atlantic League expansion franchise. Read more here.