Chris Cummings, president of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League), and Nancy Ayala, council chairwoman of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, held a ceremonial check Friday signifying the tribe’s full payment of this year’s naming-rights fee for Chukchansi Park, but there is more to the story. Read more here.
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PRESS RELEASE – Baseball America has named the Indianapolis Indians as the Triple-A recipient of the 2013 Bob Freitas Award, which is presented to the organization with the best overall operations at each level of Minor League Baseball. The Indians will accept the award at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings on Monday, Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading
On the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it. Read more here.
Downtown Memphis Commission Approves Bond Funding for AutoZone Park, Contingent Upon City Council Vote
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Wednesday unanimously voted to issue up to $27 million in sports facility revenue bonds for the city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, home of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League), which is a prerequisite to – and conditioned on – the Memphis City Council approving a $20 million deal next Monday to buy out of the facility. Read more here.
Members of Metro Council overwhelmingly approved several pieces of legislation that will make it possible to build a new Sulphur Dell stadium for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League). Read more and watch news report here.
Batting around competing definitions of “skin in the game,” two Metro Council committees reached a split verdict Monday on a proposal to make the owners of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) pay up if the mixed-use development they’re planning doesn’t arrive soon after a new taxpayer-funded baseball stadium opens. Read more here.
Once abandoned and rundown, old Bush Stadium, the former home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (International League), looked destined for the wrecking ball. But a unique plan by Core Redevelopment, LLC to revitalize the ballpark by building and renting Stadium Lofts within the confines of the original structure has proven to be a success. Read more here. View photo here. Visit Core Development here.
The city of Memphis (TN) would reportedly spend $20 million to buy AutoZone Park and another $5 million for upgrades in a multiparty deal that would also see the St. Louis Cardinals take control of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League). The Cardinals would buy the team and pony up $15 million for ballpark upgrades. Read more here. Read week-old article here.
The seven years since Nashville’s Metro Council last approved a new ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) have brought a new council, new mayor, new owners of the minor league baseball team, and a lower construction price tag. Read more and view great historic Sulphur Dell photo gallery here.
PRESS RELEASE – After another record-setting season in 2013, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are excited to announce three promotions within the team’s front office staff. Those staff promotions are: Chris Phillips has been promoted to Assistant General Manager and Director of Corporate Sales, Whitney Shellem moves up to Senior Director of Ticketing and Keith Hodges has Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Baseball America has announced that Omaha Storm Chasers President and General Manager Martie Cordaro has been named Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year, the first time Cordaro has received the award in his 15 years in the industry. Continue reading
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s plan to build a new ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) at the historic Sulphur Dell site north of downtown took a key step forward Monday as a group of state officials approved a $23 million land transfer to the city. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Durham Bulls have unveiled three new jerseys that will make up the storied franchise’s uniform set beginning in 2014. Reimagined home and road jerseys, along with a brand new alternate top, were revealed on the Bulls Instagram account after a series of sneak preview images were posted via the social media platform.
PRESS RELEASE – The Sports Turf Managers Association announced today that Isotopes Park has been named the winner for the 2013 Field of the Year in all of professional baseball. The organization’s Field of the Year Award has been given since 1992 to members who manage baseball fields at the professional level. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The International League Champion Durham Bulls have announced details of new videoboards that will be among the highlights of a $19 million renovation project at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Dallas, TX based TS Sports has been contracted to install three new state-of-the-art, HD displays that will provide better views of instant replays, in-game entertainment and game information. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation (“Foundation”) today announced that it has reached a strategic agreement that would rescue the financially troubled Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park. The Foundation has been operating the Redbirds and AutoZone Park under a Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The International League Champion Durham Bulls have announced they will sport redesigned uniforms for the 2014 season. Beginning Tuesday, November 12 at 4:00pm, fans can get sneak previews of the jerseys on the team’s Instagram account. Special glimpses of the reimagined uniform tops will be labeled with the #BullsReborn tag, which fans can follow leading up to the full Continue reading
The total cost of the new ballpark project at Sulphur Dell for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will be about $150 million, officials announced Monday. As part of the project’s public-private partnership, the city’s portion of the tab will be $65 million. Read more here.
The Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) have reached agreements with the state of Tennessee and a real estate developer that call for the construction of a new ballpark in Sulphur Dell for the club that could open in time for the 2015 season, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced Friday. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – nor League Baseball™ announced today that it has selected Mexican League President Plinio Escalante as its recipient of the 30th annual Warren Giles Award, which honors outstanding service as a league president. Escalante is the first Mexican League president to win the Giles Award and just the third from a foreign-based league in the award’s history. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – With excitement building for the Charlotte Knights’ inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark, the Knights proclaimed that the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game is coming to Charlotte on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. President/CEO of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner, President of the International League Randy Mobley, Vice-President of Marketing for Continue reading
City of Memphis (TN) officials are close to presenting a plan that would involve the city taking ownership of AutoZone Park in a three-party deal that would also see the St. Louis Cardinals purchase the financially troubled Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League). Read more here – subscription required.
The Columbus Clippers baseball team is expected to decide by year-end who will feed many of its fans next season after the food-service provider Sodexo ends its contract at Huntington Park in December. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Red Wings will be sporting a fresh look when they hit the field for the first time in April, as a new era in Red Wings Baseball began on Friday, November 1 when the club introduced a brand-new set of logos at a press conference held at Frontier Field. Continue reading
The Metro Planning Department held a public meeting Thursday at the Nashville (TN) Farmers Market to present detailed plans for a new 10,000-seat stadium at the historic Sulphur Dell site in north Nashville for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League). Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – As the Charlotte Knights embark on a quest to their new Uptown Charlotte kingdom, the team revealed their new look at the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom on Thursday, October 24. The new identity, revealed for the first time to a capacity crowd at the team’s annual World Series party, celebrates the team’s namesake as the defenders of the Queen City, while providing a fresh Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The El Paso Chihuahuas is the newest Triple-A Baseball team in the country and will compete in El Paso’s new downtown ballpark as the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres starting in the Spring of 2014. The team’s name and logo were introduced to the media and invited guests on Tuesday in the Plaza Theatre. Continue reading
A survey taken by the city of Colorado Springs (CO) to gauge public interest in a downtown baseball stadium for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) was the subject of closed-door session at City Hall Monday. The City Council retreated at 1 p.m. into executive session, under a vague notice of “subject to negotiation.” Read more here.
In an effort to build fan excitement and intrigue before the full branding package is revealed for the new Triple-A Pacific Coast League franchise in El Paso (TX), the owners have released the eyes of the mascot that will don the team’s logo. The five possible team names include Sun Dogs, Desert Gators, Chihuahuas, Aardvarks and Buckaroos. Read more here.
Unions used the PGA event at TPC Summerlin on Saturday morning to protest the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s’ (Pacific Coast League) proposal to build a new ballpark in Summerlin using public funds. Read more here.
Florida-based Ovations Food Services has been awarded the concessions contract for the minor league baseball park under construction in Downtown El Paso (TX) for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Realizing potential requires more than pure ability. It takes practice. It takes focus. It takes effort. And it takes a team. Following up on the franchise’s fantastic success in 2013, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) proudly boast a number of promotions and additions to bolster the club’s efforts in 2014. Continue reading
Harbor Park, home of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides (International League), is currently undergoing upgrades and improvements that will feature a completely new field with natural grass turf and infield dirt. The outfield fences are also being moved in about 10 feet to make it easier for players to hit a home run. Read more and view photo here.
PRESS RELEASE – As BB&T Ballpark continues to take shape, the Charlotte Knights revealed plans to install the widest videoboard in Minor League Baseball at a press conference held at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte on Wednesday, October 9. The Knights are partnering with Toshiba Managed Business Services and Total Sports Entertainment (TSE) on the state-of-the-art videoboard Continue reading
The financially troubled Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs (International League) have hired Jason Smorol as the team’s new a new general manager. Smorol was general manager of the Single-A Auburn Doubledays (New York-Penn League) from 2002 to 2004. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – After welcoming 400,000 fans through the gates for a third consecutive year at Werner Park and winning the first Triple-A National Championship as a member of the Pacific Coast League, the Omaha Storm Chasers focus has shifted to having a Championship Offseason. The team officially kicked that into gear with the promotion of Andrea Stava from Director of Continue reading
Marking a new era for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs (International League), the team’s board of directors on Monday approved a local re-organizational proposal that infuses money into the cash-strapped franchise and ends more than four decades of Simone-family rule. Read more here.
The Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs (International League) lost at least a half-million dollars this year, by far its worst in at least four decades, according to a financial report presented this week to its board of directors. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball and the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that the 2014 Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar will take place in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Oklahoma City RedHawks will be the host club for the 37th annual seminar from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The announcement was made in Continue reading
MountainStar Sports Group, the owner of the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) relocating to El Paso (TX), told city officials on Saturday that the new ballpark under construction in downtown El Paso could cost an additional $10 million to build. Read more here.