In less than two weeks, a big undertaking begins in North Carolina’s furniture capital. The demolition of old buildings will begin December 1st, the first of many steps to make room for a downtown baseball stadium to house a franchise from the Atlantic League (Independent Professional). Read more here.
What might a minor league stadium in Madison (AL) look like? Renderings, done by Populous, have been released of a potential 7,200-seat, $40 million ballpark at Town Madison, the under-construction development on I-565 about 10 miles from downtown Huntsville. Read more and view renderings gallery here.
Beginning in June of 2018, S&V Baseball Management will bring baseball back to Watertown (NY), with the new Watertown Rapids (Summer Collegiate, Perfect Game League) playing home games at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds stadium. Read more here. In related news, the ballpark is on deck for $125,000 in improvements, thanks to a state grant. Read more here.
Boise State plans to build a ballpark for its added baseball program north of the intersection of Beacon Street and Grant Avenue. The university announced late last month it was withdrawing from the effort to build a Downtown Boise baseball stadium that would house the Boise Hawks (Single-A, Northwest League). That effort continues without the Broncos. Read more and view location here.
Yale University students who are in their third year studying for master’s degrees in architecture presented conceptual ideas of how a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) might fit in the city at the Apex department store site. Read more view designs here.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred insists the league will not expand until the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics have new stadiums. And, of course, Montreal needs a new ballpark before MLB will consider a return to the city. Read more here.