By a vote of 4-3, the Columbia (SC) City Council has agreed to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and operate a yet-to-be-built stadium. This was the first step toward spending $29 million in public money for a $35 million year-round facility. Read more here.
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John Wilcox, part owner of the Single-A West Virginia Power (South Atlantic League), plans to launch the summer collegiate Mooresville Spinners (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League) in Mooresville (NC), about 30 miles north of Charlotte. The team will play at Moor Park baseball field after Wilcox spends $75,000 in improving the facility. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – With Opening Day in downtown Greenville three days away, the Greenville Drive are excited to announce what’s new at Fluor Field at the West End this season. Drive Ticket Plan holders got a sneak peek of what’s in store on Wednesday night, as they met the team, learned about the 2014 promo schedule and were part of a special unveiling of the all-new Continue reading
The City of Columbia (SC) and Hardball Capital have amended the agreement that would allow the company to manage the city’s planned baseball stadium at the Bull Street development site. Read more and view agreement details here.
PRESS RELEASE – With the addition of the popular beer shakes and the peanut butter & pepper jelly, jalapeno-bacon-burger that were introduced last year, the Charleston RiverDogs enjoyed their most successful operational year at the concession stand and in terms of international, national, regional and local exposure in the club’s history. They also filled a lot of bellies. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – In the closet of nearly every mature male Charlestonian’s wardrobe is a seersucker suit. Now the Charleston RiverDogs players are going to be more “dapper” than any and all of their counterparts as the team this year will don seersucker uniforms for home Sunday games Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Highlighted by a trio of Saturdays featuring bobblehead giveaways and 13 nights with fantastic fireworks following the game, the 2014 Charleston RiverDogs promotional schedule has a little something for everyone and a lot of fun for all. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Who else but the Charleston RiverDogs would “guarantee” a victory on Wednesday nights? Put simply, if the RiverDogs don’t win on Wednesday night games at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, the club will honor your ticket for free admission to the next Wednesday home game. All you have to do is hold on to your ticket. Continue reading
Since the deal to relocate the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) to Fredericksburg (VA), several proposals have been pitched for the Municipal Stadium and the future of baseball in Hagerstown (MD), including a new one from the start-up indy pro Federation of American Professional Baseball led by Dan Malley. Read more and watch news report here.
Since the first professional game was played in Columbia (SC) in 1904, teams have struggled to find and keep a place to play. And that struggle is taking place again today, as the city, a team owner and a developer for the Bull Street property negotiate to build a new $35 million baseball stadium for an affiliated club. Read more here.
At its annual planning retreat at Pity’s Sake Lodge, the Kannapolis (NC) City Council began a conversation that could culminate in a new downtown baseball stadium for the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
The Columbia (SC) City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a contract to build a $35 million ballpark for an affiliated club. Under the proposed deal, Hardball Capital would put up $6 million, and the city would bond the remaining $29 million. Hardball Capital would be on the hook for payments until the total amount of private development in the Bull Street project reaches $60 million. Read more here.
A wraparound outfield deck, a new video board, swaths of additional reserved seating and a statue of Arthur W. Perdue may grace his namesake ballpark, if $5.7 million in upgrades recommended by a new Maryland Stadium Authority-commissioned report are approved. Perdue Stadium, located in Salisbury (MD) on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Continue reading
The Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the city of Fredericksburg (VA) to capture additional revenue from its planned minor league baseball complex to be built to house the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The West Virginia Power, a Class-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are pleased to announced their 2014 promotional schedule. The 2014 season marks the Power’s tenth at Appalachian Power Park and comes filled with brand new promotional nights, giveaways and special appearances in addition to the return of some familiar theme nights and 17 fireworks shows. Continue reading
Columbia (SC) city staffers expect to hammer out a contract for building a new ballpark and bringing an affiliated club to town in the next two weeks. The city council is expecting to vote on a draft contract at its March 4 meeting. Read more and view billboards here.
The North Augusta (SC) City Council passed a resolution Monday night selecting Odell Associates of Charlotte (NC) to provide design services for the development of a new stadium for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
The city of Winter Park (FL) city leaders are considering four potential sites for a new ballpark for (possibly) the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League) that could cost more than $40 million. Read more and watch news report here.
The city of Columbia (SC) is looking at three revenue sources that could fund a new baseball stadium for an affiliated club, two of which are bonds that could cost the city roughly $70 million or $80 million over the next several decades. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – There will be more barking, more fireworks and a night with the Cincinnati Ben-Gals in 2014, as the Lexington Legends offer fans a “stache-tastic” season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Continue reading
The Columbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to give a second reading approval to an agreement that would bring the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) back to Capital City Stadium for the 2014 season. The city is currently considering a plan to build a new ballpark for an affiliated club. Read more here. UPDATE: City approves one more year for Blowfish. Read more here.
Jason Freier, owner of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League), says he would buy another team to satisfy both Savannah (GA) and Columbia (SC) if both markets decide to build a new ballpark. That being said, there is a long way to go here, and it is entirely possible that only one or neither market will play ball with Freier. Read more here.
Columbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday voted to open formal negotiations with a minor-league baseball team owner to build a public stadium in the proposed Bull Street neighborhood and asked for draft contracts in two weeks. Read more here.
“Authorizing the City Manager to commence negotiations to include financing strategies of a Venue License Agreement between Hardball Capital LLC and the City of Columbia and a Venue Management Agreement between Hardball Capital LLC and the City of Columbia for placement and consideration on the February 4, 2014 City Council Agenda.”
A hostile crowd of about 60 people attended a forum organized at Woodlands Park by two City Council members who have been critical of Columbia’s (SC) proposed plan to build a stadium to attract a Single-A baseball team to the capital city. The turnout appears to have been a case of organized opposition (by the councilmen), rather than random concerned citizens just showing up. Read more here.
Baseball developer Jason Freier told members of the Bull Street Commission during their meeting Monday that developer Bob Hughes would donate between 10 and 12 acres of land if a baseball stadium was approved in Columbia (SC). Also, Freier said he got the green light from Major League Baseball to explore moving one of his teams to the area. He owns, via Hardball Capital, the Single-A Fort Wayne Continue reading
Jason Freier, owner of minor league baseball teams in Fort Wayne (IN) and Savannah (GA), on Wednesday guaranteed he would bring a team to Columbia (SC) if the city builds a new ballpark as part of the redevelopment of the old State Hospital campus on Bull Street. Read more here.
A study completed by Brailsford & Dunlavey has concluded that building a new $41.8 million minor league baseball stadium in Columbia (SC) could bring in more than $400 million to the city over 30 years. The Columbia City Council plans to discuss the study and the idea of a ballpark at its meeting on Tuesday. Read more here.
The investors in the planned Fredericksburg (VA) minor league baseball complex for the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) plan to purchase the land in February, break ground in March, and have the facility ready for the start of the 2015 season. Read more here.
The Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) have expressed a willingness to leave Savannah (GA) for another market, if a new downtown ballpark is not built to supplant outdated Grayson Stadium. Hardball Capital, the team’s owners, have reportedly already been in contact with city officials in Columbia (SC) about relocation. Read more here.
Bill Murray, co-owner and “Director of Fun” for the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), took time during the organization’s recent holiday party to address the team’s success in his 2013 State of the RiverDogs video address. Watch video here.
The North Augusta (SC) City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to authorize legal action in response to a lawsuit filed last week against the city to stop Project Jackson, which includes a proposed ballpark for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
Tom Denlinger is set to become the new general manager of the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League), replacing Bob Flannery, according to team owner and president Jeff Eiseman. The GreenJackets will make a formal announcement of the hiring early next week. Read more here. Meanwhile, a homeowners association has filed suit to stop Project Jackson. Read more here.
The owner of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) is seeking city support for a multi-use stadium at the stalled Savannah River Landing site. Read more here.
The partners planning to build a $29 million baseball stadium in Fredericksburg (VA) for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) have gotten approval for financing from two banks, though they are still negotiating the terms, City Manager Bev Cameron said Tuesday. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The BlueClaws have unveiled the first wave of their 2014 promotional schedule, marking the earliest point BlueClaws fans have been able to see the promotional nights for the upcoming season. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Greenville Drive announced today that they are promoting a key front office member to lead the South Atlantic League club, as Eric Jarinko has been named as the organization’s new General Manager. Jarinko has been with the Drive since their inaugural season in 2006, most recently serving as the organization’s Assistant General Manager. In his new role, the 31-year-old will oversee the Continue reading
Spartanburg (SC) School District 7 is replacing the exterior wall at Duncan Park stadium — the first of several renovation projects planned for the historic stadium. The ballpark was the former home for the Spartanburg Phillies (South Atlantic League) and summer collegiate Spartanburg Stingers (Coastal Plain League). Read more here. Visit Friends of Duncan Park here.
The North Augusta (SC) City Council voted 6-1 Monday for third-reading approval on the ordinance that will allow the city to create a Tax Increment Financing district to fund the $144 million Project Jackson public development. The project could include a baseball stadium for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League). Read more here.