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Reimagining Turner Field

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Turner Field area — now a stretch dominated by a stadium and parking lots — could be a denser more walkable community with a street grid much like what was lost decades ago through development of two stadiums and freeways.  Read more here.  View draft Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative here.

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Sculpture of Willie Mays to be Unveiled

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is dedicating a sculpture created by local artists Caleb O’ Connor and Craig Wedderspoon as a lasting tribute to former Time Inc. CEO and current Birmingham Barons owner, Don Logan, the Society’s 2015 Legacy of Leadership honoree. Continue reading

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Proposed Visitors’ Center Would Showcase Hinchliffe Stadium, Negro Leagues

NewYorkBlackYankeesNewYorkCubansA $19.7 million visitors’ center has been proposed for Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson (NJ). The Alexander Hamilton Center, as it is being called, would feature state-of-the art interactive exhibits on the various aspects of the Great Falls history, including showcasing Hinchliffe Stadium (located nearby on the national park campus) and legendary Negro League baseball.  Read more here and here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.

Alexander Hamilton Center rendering, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.

Alexander Hamilton Center rendering, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.

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Drive Announce Major Improvements to Fluor Field

Greenville Drive LogoPRESS RELEASE – During a special press luncheon today, the Greenville Drive and the City of Greenville announced detailed enhancement plans, for Fluor Field at the West End. The new fan amenities include seats atop the Green Monster, an all-new club area extension on the suite level, a Ticket Plan Holder Lounge, enhancements to the Fieldhouse rooftop experience, and renovations to the Main Street and Field Street Plazas. Continue reading

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Salem Expected to Issue Bonds for Ballpark Improvements

Salem Red Sox LogoSalem (VA) is expected to issue bonds for a number of capital projects, including making improvements to Salem Memorial Ballpark, home of the Salem Red Sox (Single-A, Carolina League).  Items on the list of to-dos are replacing the 15-year-old outfield wall, fixing the stadium elevator, upgrading the locker rooms, and buying a new scoreboard.  Read more here.

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RoughRiders Let Loose ‘Lazy River’ Friday, Will Host ‘Star Trek Night’ Saturday

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoThe Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A, Texas League) opened the new “Choctaw Lazy River” in the outfield, the largest body of water in a professional sports venue.  Read more here.  Check out photos here.  Following Friday’s big splash, the team will host “Vulcan Salute to Star Trek Night” tonight with special jerseys.

Frisco RoughRiders Star Trek Night

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No Upper Deck for Next Rays Ballpark?

Tampa Bay Rays LogoTampa Bay Rays executives want a stadium without the shrine mystique of many baseball parks.  Instead, they’re exploring ways to draw casual or non-baseball fans all year long — not just 81 days a year.  Read more here.

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