$57 Million Makeover Approved for Mets Spring Training Home

New York Mets spring training will remain in St. Lucie County (FL) for the next 25 years after the County Commission Tuesday approved a $57 million renovation of First Data Field.  Read more here.

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Loons to Host Hockey Night

PRESS RELEASE – Just a few years before the Great Lakes Loons were born in 2007, the Spirit came to Saginaw in 2002. There was the instant connection that both franchises provide professional sports and family entertainment to the region throughout the entire year. Many Loons fans also frequent The Dow Event Center during the hockey season to see the NHL’s stars of tomorrow.

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Spring Training – Cactus League Tips

Spring training is about to start once again. Thousands of fans of all ages will flock to metro Phoenix baseball stadiums to get their baseball fix — along with a nice dose of gorgeous weather.  Read more here.

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Maneuvering for Property for Knoxville Ballpark Project

As the city of Knoxville (TN) and Randy Boyd continue talks about bringing the Tennessee Smokies (Double-A, Southern League) team to the Old City, two businesses have been approached by real estate agents inquiring about their willingness to sell property near the stadium site.  Read more here.

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Marshall U., City of Huntington Schedule Ballpark-Related Announcement

The realization of a new baseball stadium for Marshall University appears to taking the next big step.  The Huntington Municipal Development Authority, the City of Huntington (WV), Marshall University and Marshall Athletics have scheduled a special announcement regarding the purchase of the Flint Group property, the planned site of the new ballpark, at an event at 3 p.m. Thursday.  Read more here.

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Las Vegas Ballpark Construction – VIDEO

The stadium that will serve as the new home for the Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) is quickly taking shape in Downtown Summerlin (NV), after nearly a year of construction.  The seats are filling in, the scoreboard is going up, and they’re getting the field prepared for grass.  Watch video here.

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Despite Obstacles, MLB Chief Optimistic About A’s Chosen Ballpark Site

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred remains solidly behind the Oakland A’s efforts to build a stadium, even in the wake of a recent report about hazardous chemicals and the need for costly cleanup at the team’s preferred Howard Terminal site.  Read more hereRead about mounting ballpark opposition here.

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