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Broker Being Sought to Sell Naming Rights to Pensacola Ballpark

Pensacola Blue Wahoos LogoEd Spears, the Executive Director of Community Maritime Park Associates, say that work is underway to sell the naming rights to Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League), for between $250,000 and $500,000 (annually, we assume).  The deadline for brokers to submit their proposals is August 25 at 2:00 p.m.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Council Approves Ballpark Construction Bid

Biloxi Baseball Double BConstruction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) could get underway as soon as mid August, as the city council approved a trimmed-down construction bid Tuesday.  Read more here and here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Budget Trimmed, Time to Move Ahead

Biloxi Baseball Double BThe City of Biloxi (MS) has trimmed enough off of the cost of the planned minor league baseball stadium that it is now ready to move forward with construction, according to a release from the city Friday.  Read more here.

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Home of Suns to be Home of Pro Soccer Too

Jacksonville Suns LogoJacksonville ArmadaThe Jacksonville Armada (North American Soccer League), set to debut in 2015, announced it will play its games at the Baseball Grounds for the first three seasons.  The ballpark his home of the Double-A Jacksonville Suns (Southern League).  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Bids Come in Over Budget, Name-the-Team Contest Ends, Huntsville Wants New Team

Biloxi Baseball Double BBiloxi (MS) city officials learned Wednesday that the lowest contractor bid for a new stadium was at $32.27 million, some $5 million more than the initial budget.  This could keep the team in Huntsville (AL) for the 2015 season.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, Biloxi Baseball’s name-the-team contest has eneded with 60,000 votes.  Read more here.  Meanwhile Huntsville wants new team.  Read more here.

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Time to Build in Biloxi, Construction Bids Will be Opened Wednesday

Biloxi Baseball Double BBids will be opened Wednesday for construction of the minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Over the next nine months, South Mississippi will be witness to the birth of the stadium and a team.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: (A Goodbye to) Joe Davis Stadium (Huntsville, AL)

Huntsville Stars LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Biloxi (MS)-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: AT&T Field (Chattanooga, TN)

Chattanooga_LookoutsMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited AT&T Field, home of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here

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It’s the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and Dwight Gooden for 19th Annual Rickwood Classic Set for June 25

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Set for Wednesday, June 25th, the classic will celebrate the ‘Roaring Twenties’. The 12:30 p.m. contest will showcase the Birmingham Barons Continue reading

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Biloxi Enters Final Phase of Name the Team Contest

Biloxi Baseball Double BThe name-the-team contest for the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS) is down to six finalists announced on June 2, including the Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers or Shuckers.  The voting continues for another week at BaseballBiloxi.com.  Read more here and here.

Biloxi Baseball Name the Team Six Finalists

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Biloxi Team Owners Not Too Concerned About Ballpark Delay

Huntsville Stars LogoDespite architects’ estimates that the new Biloxi minor league baseball stadium would not be ready until more than a month into the 2015 season, team part-owner Tim Bennett said Thursday the project has not reached the “worrisome” stage.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Opening Pushed Back from April to May

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council learned Tuesday that construction of the MGM Ballpark at Beau Rivage could be running behind schedule.  The city anticipates a substantial completion date of May 17, 2015.  Read more and watch news report hereRead more here.

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Crimson Tide Negotiating to Play 2015 Season at Hoover Met

Alabama Crimson Tide LogoThe University of Alabama is negotiating to play its 2015 baseball season at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover (AL), as 66-year-old Sewell Thomas Stadium, the Crimson Tide’s on-campus home, undergoes a $35 million renovation.  Read more hereRead more about the Sewell renovation here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the links.

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Biloxi Ditches Ballpark Construction Manager, Will Seek Bids for General Contractor

Biloxi Baseball Double BThere was a major change on Friday involving the new baseball stadium in Biloxi (MS) being built for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Convinced it will save time and money, the city council voted in a special session to do away with the construction manager approach and take bids for a general contractor instead.  Read more here.

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Team Biloxi Names GM, Launches Name the Team Contest

Huntsville Stars LogoBuck Rogers, an 18-year Minor League Baseball executive, has been named the first General Manager in the history of the Biloxi Baseball Club.  The announcement was made today by team president Ken Young at a press conference held at the Biloxi Visitors Center.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the team launched a Name The Team Contest starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning.  Click below to submit your entry:

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Barons Receive ‘Real’ Ballpark Award

Birmingham Barons LogoIt’s no “virtual” award here.  Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com was at Regions Field Saturday to present the 2013 Baseballparks.com Ballpark Of The Year award to the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) and the city of Birmingham (AL) for their impressive one-year-old, 8,500-seat baseball stadium.  Read more here.

Joe Mock presents the 2013 BaseballParks.com Ballpark of the Year Award to Don Logan, one of the owners of the Barons.

Joe Mock presents the 2013 BaseballParks.com Ballpark Of The Year Award to Don Logan, one of the owners of the Barons.

 

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Jacksonville Suns to Sport Vintage, All-Yellow Unis Sunday

Jacksonville Suns LogoPRESS RELEASE – On Easter Sunday, April 20th, the Jacksonville Suns will unveil their brand new all-yellow alternate uniforms as the suns take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 3:05pm. Continue reading

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Huntsville Councilman: Stars Violating Maintenance Provisions of Ballpark Lease

Huntsville Stars LogoHuntsville City Councilman Bill Kling is raising concerns over maintenance at Joe Davis Stadium just weeks before the Biloxi-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) begin their final season in the Rocket City.  He says the Stars have not lived up to their lease agreement at the ballpark, which specifies that the team maintain the scoreboard and public address system.  Read more here.

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Generals Unveil 2014 Promo Schedule

Jackson Generals LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Jackson Generals are excited to unveil their 2014 promotional schedule. The promotional schedule is highlighted by 13 Fireworks shows, Dollar Thursday presented by MobileNation along with the new Flat Screen Fridays and Family Fun Day Sundays. Continue reading

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Biloxi Council Votes to Finance Baseball Stadium

Huntsville Stars LogoThe standing-room-only crowd at City Hall cheered when the Biloxi (MS) City Council closed the meeting Tuesday after voting 5-2 to issue a $21 million bond to build a new downtown stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Historic Tinker Field Gets Reprieve

Orlando RaysFaced with a public backlash, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Monday put the brakes on a plan to tear down the grandstands and buildings at historic Tinker Field — at least for now.  Read more here.  The field first hosted baseball in 1914.  The Single-A Orlando Rays (Southern League) moved from Tinker to Cracker Jack Stadium/Champion Stadium in 2000 before relocating to Montgomery (AL) in 2004.

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Barons Announce Details for 19th Rickwood Classic

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Continue reading

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Vote on New Biloxi Ballpark Delayed

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council likely won’t decide Tuesday night whether to issue a $21 million bond to build a downtown baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), as one of the council members is on duty with the National Guard and unavailable.  The vote on the bond, hiring the architect and three other baseball resolutions will likely be scheduled for early next week.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Vote Next Tuesday

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Biloxi (MS) Council is expected to vote next Tuesday whether to issue $21 million in bonds to build a minor league baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Lookouts to Host 2014 Southern League All-Star Game, Logo Unveiled

Chattanooga_LookoutsPRESS RELEASE – The Chattanooga Lookouts are excited to announce that the organization will host the 2014 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Coca-Cola and EPB Fiber Optics at AT&T Field. The 38th annual Southern League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:15 p.m. with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. This is the first time the Lookouts have hosted the event since Continue reading

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Biloxi Celebrates New Ballpark with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Huntsville Stars LogoSeveral hundred baseball fans turned out Thursday afternoon for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new downtown Biloxi (MS) baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more and watch news report here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Biloxi Ballpark Groundbreaking Next Week

Huntsville Stars LogoThe groundbreaking for the new downtown Biloxi (MS) ballpark for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) is set for Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m.  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to be on hand for the ceremony.  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Southern League Approves Sale of Stars

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Double-A Southern League announced Friday that it has approved the sale of the Huntsville Stars, which are slated to move to a new downtown ballpark in Biloxi (MS) in 2015.  The franchise is being sold by a group led by Miles Prentice to a group led by Ken Young.  The sale must also be approved by both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball to be final.  Read more here.

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Budget Challenges Could Challenge Upgrades to ‘The Hank’

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoThe Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern League) reportedly want in “excess of $1 million” in upgrades to the 17-year-old Hank Aaron Stadium, but the city’s budget situation could prevent the team from moving forward with projects to improve the city-owned facility.  Read more here.

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Huntsville Stars Allowed to Move to Biloxi

Huntsville Stars LogoThe 10 team owners from the Double-A Southern League reportedly voted Wednesday to allow the sale and relocation of the Huntsville Stars to the developing new ballpark in downtown Biloxi (MS).  Read more and view news report here.

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Biloxi Delays Ballpark Vote, Huntsville Stars Targeted

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi City Council has delayed a vote on a new minor league baseball stadium while those working to bring a team to the city are in Orlando at the Major League Baseball’s winter meetings.  Read more here Miles Prentice, majority owner of Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), has reportedly been in negotiations with Ken Young, who wants to buy and move the team to Biloxi.  Read more here

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Smokies Announce Major Television Partnership

Tennessee Smokies Secondary LogoPRESS 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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Permit Approved for Biloxi Ballpark Project

Southern League LogoThe 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.

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BayBears Host Inaugural Backyard BBQ Cook-Off at Hank Aaron Stadium

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoPRESS 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

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Newspaper Poll Shows Support for New Downtown Huntsville Ballpark

Huntsville Stars LogoIn 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.

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Field at Smokies Park Undergoes Renovation

Tennessee Smokies Secondary LogoPRESS 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

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Rickwood Field (Birmingham, AL)

Digital Ballparks LogoEric 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 ClassicRead more and view huge photo gallery hereVisit the Friends of Rickwood website here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Plan Approved!

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve a ballpark financing package that will bring a yet-to-be-named Double-A Southern League team to downtown.  Read more here.  One writer speculates about the franchise relocating to Biloxi.  The Huntsville Stars top the list.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Vote Next Tuesday

Southern League LogoThe 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.

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Generals’ Field Renovations Should Wrap Up Today

Jackson Generals LogoThe 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 hereView more photos here.

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