PRESS RELEASE – The Smokies will air 22 consecutive weeks of programming on WKNX beginning April 5, 2014 and tentatively concluding on August 30,2014. The yet to be named show airing every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM will be a behind the scenes look at the 2014 Smokies baseball team and the fun things that abound at Smokies Stadium. The show will take fans into the clubhouse with the players, Continue reading
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The Biloxi (MS) Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a 6,000-seat minor league baseball stadium with a 350-car garage and a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 90. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The BayBears are hosting the first annual BayBears Backyard BBQ at Hank Aaron Stadium on November 9 and 10th 2013. The best amateur cooks in the area will battle it out over barbecue ribs, chicken and Boston butt! Continue reading
In an unscientific online poll on AL.com, the largest block of voters selected a new downtown ballpark as their top choice to replace the soon-to-be-closed Holiday Inn across from Big Spring International Park. The city, which owns the land, plans to solicit redevelopment proposals next spring. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Work has begun on a major field renovation at Smokies Park. The project will be completed this fall and the field will be ready for the start of the Tennessee Smokies 2014 season. Continue reading
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit historic Rickwood Field, former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern Association/ League), Birmingham Black Barons (Negro Leagues), and current home of the annual Rickwood Classic. Read more and view huge photo gallery here. Visit the Friends of Rickwood website here.
The Biloxi (MS) city council will vote next Tuesday on whether to back a $21 million bond to help finance construction of a downtown baseball stadium for a Double-A Southern League franchise. The vote will come after a public hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. at City Hall. The state has already approved a $15 million grant for the project. Read more here.
The playing surface at The Ballpark at Jackson (formerly Pringles Park), home of the Double-A Jackson Generals (Southern League), is getting a makeover. Installation of the new drainage and sod should be completed Tuesday. The Generals had multiple games canceled or rescheduled last season due to unplayable field conditions. Read more here. View more photos here.
Chad Emerson, the new CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc., says that a proposed new downtown Huntsville (AL) ballpark for the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) should be a mixed-use facility. Read more here
Minor-league team owner Ken Young said Thursday that he’s hoping for a vote by the end of the month on the proposed new downtown Biloxi (MS) stadium so it can be built in time for the start of the 2015 season. With the first pitch just 18 months away, Young said “it’s important for us to get moving on it.” Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Southern League announced today that Chris Harris, “The Voice of the Generals,” has been named its 2013 Radio Broadcaster of the Year, as selected by his peers and the league’s general managers. Harris receives this award in his fifth year with the Jackson Generals as the team’s Manager of Media Relations and Broadcasting. Continue reading
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern League). Read more and view photos here.
Plans for a minor league baseball stadium and neighboring commercial development in downtown Biloxi (MS) are consistent with the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan, the Biloxi Planning Commission unanimously agreed Thursday. Read more here.
Chicago-based Johnson Consulting, the firm hired by the city of Biloxi (MS) to do a study on the proposed new downtown minor league baseball stadium, presented their findings to the city council Tuesday afternoon. Not surprisingly, the firm gave the project a big thumbs up. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Interest has been incredibly high in the ballpark that opened in Birmingham, Alabama in April. Locals have been keenly interested in all aspects of the new park, so much so that the server that hosts BaseballParks.com crashed when so many Alabamans flocked to read the site’s in-depth ballpark review the day it was posted. Continue reading
Chicago-based Johnson Consulting, the firm hired by the city of Biloxi (MS) to do a study on the proposed new downtown minor league baseball stadium, will reportedly present their findings at Tuesday’s city council meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. Read more here.
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League). Read more and view photos here.
The developing baseball stadium project in Biloxi (MS) appears to be alive and well, but as the window closes for 2014, Overtime Sports chief Tim Bennett says “It’s getting to the point where we may have to look at 2015, or try to start the season in another city and move it to Biloxi at mid-season next year.” Read more here and here.
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Regions Field, the new home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League). Read more and view photos here.
The Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) recently hosted a delegation from Huntsville (AL) led by Mayor Tommy Battle to give them a tasty look at the new Regions Field. The mayor is exploring the possibility of a downtown replacement for outdated Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). Read more here and here.
The Biloxi (MS) City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution by a 4-2 vote to borrow $21 million to help fund construction of a $35 million minor-league baseball stadium. Read more here.
The proposed $21 million baseball stadium project in downtown Biloxi (MS) could include a hotel, restaurants and shops, and even a miniature golf course. Read more here. Meanwhile, a few groups are calling for a referendum on the project, and two city council members want to see the ballpark built in a different location. Read more here.
The Hoover (AL) City Council Monday night approved spending another $352,000 on Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League). Hoover officials are hoping to lure some “A-list” concert acts with electrical upgrades and more. Read more here. Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the link.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday said the state would kick in $15 million in BP oil disaster money to help build a professional baseball stadium in Biloxi. Bryant said, Ken Young, president of Ovations Food Services and an owner of several minor-league teams via Maryland Baseball Holding, LLC (Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox, and Single-A Frederick Continue reading
The Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) will unveil their new Outfield Entertainment Area at Regions Field Tuesday night. Read more here. The team will then take a break from the confines of their fancy new ballpark to play in the 18th annual Rickwood Classic at Rickwood Field on Wednesday afternoon. Read more here.
Tim Bennett, owner of Overtime Sports charged with bringing pro ball to Biloxi (MS), considers the site chosen for the new minor league stadium on U.S. 90, across from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, among the best in the country. Read more here.
Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited Regions Field, the new home for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League). Mr. Mock delivers an impressive 5,000-word ballpark review covering the facility’s development, design and construction, and the overall fan experience. Read more and view photos here. Read about Mock’s visit on AL.com.
While Birmingham (AL) basks in the glory of a brand new ballpark, Huntsville (AL) slogs along with 1980s relic Joe Davis Memorial Stadium, home of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). The facility (being careful not to call it a ballpark) sits in Huntsville Councilman Bill Kling‘s district, and he appears to have no stomach for replacing it. Without major improvements to The Joe Continue reading
BaseballParks.com webmaster and USA Today Sports Weekly writer Joe Mock was at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium Monday night to present the owners of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League) with a plaque for winning Baseballparks.com’s 2012 Ballpark of the Year. Pensacola Mayor Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, April 15th, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos will receive the BaseballParks.com Award for 2012 Ballpark of the Year, on behalf of the City of Pensacola and the Community Maritime Park Associates. The award will be presented during the game Monday night by Joe Mock of Baseball Continue reading
The Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) are in talks with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) about hosting Blazers home game at the new Regions Field. Read more here.
A giant new videoboard is now in place at Hank Aaron Stadium, as the Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern league) prepare for their home opener against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on April 10. The old videoboard had donned the outfield since the ballpark opened in 1997. Read more and view photos here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Barons have announced eight new additions to their Front Office staff for the 2013 season: Don Leo, Corporate Sales Manager, Brett Oates, Group Sales Manager, Steve Bayko, Community Group Ticket Representative, Sydney Weldon, Corporate Event Planner, Joseph Cooper, Director of Retail Sales, Randy Prince, Chief Financial Officer, George Continue reading
The Double-A Jackson Generals (Southern League) have installed and turned on the new lights at Generals Park to make sure they are primed and emitted the right amount of brightness. Work continues on a new ticket window at the front of the stadium. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – There’s a certain irony to a Virginia Tech graduate joining a franchise called the Wahoos, a nickname often used by sports teams from the arch-rival University of Virginia. But life often works in mysterious ways. And if that entails a die-hard Hokie becoming a Wahoo to join Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Jacksonville Suns announced today that installation of a new scoreboard and videoboard is underway at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Two digital video screens will also be installed into the outfield wall. The project is scheduled to be completed prior to the Florida vs. Florida State Baseball game on March 26th and will be fully functional by Suns Opening Night on Continue reading