PRESS RELEASE – Polar Park will have high-technology full-color videoboards in Left Field and Right-Center Field, as well as a large, traditional, electronic alphanumeric scoreboard on the Worcester Wall in Right Field, plus a pair of LED Matrix boards behind First and Third Base, all supplied and integrated by experience design and execution company, ANC.
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Polar Park to Provide Fans with 5 Scoreboards and LED Sideboards to Inform, Entertain, and Interact
Milkmen Announce Milky Way Drive-In at Ballpark Commons, Movies Begin May 22
PRESS RELEASE – The Milwaukee Milkmen announced today a partnership with Franklin Tourism and Studio Gear to bring back a vintage movie-going experience via the brand-new Milky Way Drive-In at Ballpark Commons located in Franklin, WI.
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The Trop Has New Amenities for Fans
Fans are worried that the Tampa Bay Rays might split the season with Montreal, but it looks like Tropicana Field is doubling down with it comes to new attractions for baseball fans. Read more and view photos here. Speaking of Montreal, read more here.
Dodger Stadium Upgrades to be Unveiled March 26
The $100-million renovation of Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was first unveiled last year. Long in the making, the upgrades to the ballpark that originally opened its gates in 1962 are scheduled to be unveiled to the public on March 26, Opening Day. The finishing touches will be in place by April — well in advance of the 2020 MLB All-Star Game on July 12. Read more here.
T-Bones Are Back!
After getting the boot from its own ball park, the Kansas City T-Bones (Independent Professional, American Association) are back. On Tuesday, the team introduced its new owner, unveiled updated branding, and showcased plans for an impressive stadium makeover. Watch news report here.
Upgrades Coming to Mustangs Ballpark
When the Martinsville Mustangs (Summer Collegiate, Coastal Plain League) open the season on Memorial Day weekend, fans will be sure to notice many changes both on the field and around it. Greg Suire, the new president of the Mustangs, said one of the biggest goals of his team to is make improvements to Hooker Field. Read more here.
Proposed Portland Ballpark Development Could Feature Historic Carousel
Restore Oregon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving Oregon’s historic places, and the Portland Diamond Project announced Tuesday that the Jantzen Beach Carousel could be incorporated into plans for a Major League Baseball development along the Willamette River in northwest Portland. Read more here. View photos and renderings here.
Decks Added to Edinburg Stadium
UTRGV Stadium, formerly known as Edinburg Stadium and then-home of the Edinburg Roadrunners (Independent Professional), is alive and well under the helm of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The stadium appears to be in good shape and now has decks that were recently installed for groups to cheer on the Vaqueros. Read more and watch news report here.
Kane County Cougars Announce Capital Improvements
PRESS RELEASE – The Kane County Cougars have announced multiple capital improvement projects that will take place prior to the organization’s 30th-anniversary season and will assist in the continued modernization of Northwestern Medicine Field.
Time to Name the Atlantic League’s Robo Umps
If “Robo Umps” are going to continue calling balls and strikes, in the Atlantic League (Independent Professional), they need to be ready to hear the good and the bad from the fans, just like their human counterparts. And for that, they’re going to need names. Read more here. Read press release here.
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Two-Story Gym Opens at Ballpark Village
Onelife Fitness opened its doors to the public Sunday. The 31,000 square-foot gym is part of the second phase of Ballpark Village’s development adjacent to Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Read more and watch news report and view photos here.
City Not Relying A’s Gondola Plan to Shuttle Fans
If the Oakland A’s have their way, traveling to the team’s proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal would involve gliding over Interstate 880 and the Southern Pacific railroad tracks in an aerial gondola. But the city isn’t counting on it. Read more here (subscription required).
Rome Braves Unveil New HD Videoboard Upgrades
PRESS RELEASE – The Rome Braves, Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, unveiled plans to build a new high definition video board at State Mutual Stadium prior to the start of the 2020 season. In addition to the new, primary display in left field, the Rome Braves also announced upgrades to the existing Go Braves board along with the matrix board near the entrance of Braves Boulevard.
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Bullpen Coworking Opens at Ballpark Commons
PRESS RELEASE – A new way to work is coming to Franklin! Bullpen Coworking at Ballpark Commons, will host an open house with refreshments on Wednesday, January 29th from 4-7pm, to introduce Franklin to a work environment that provides community, collaboration, and access to all the right tools while at the same time offering the autonomy, flexibility, and convenience of a home office.
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Cannon Ballers & Kinetic Link Up to Enhance Fan Experience
PRESS RELEASE – With the opening of the Kannapolis Sports and Entertainment Venue less than 100 days away, the team revealed a Founding Partnership with Kinetic by Windstream that includes wireless internet access for all fans attending games and other events. As part of the alliance, the 6,000-square foot premium hospitality space on the suite level will be known as the Kinetic Club.
Marlins to Add New Brew Hall to Ballpark
PRESS RELEASE – The Miami Marlins and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company are teaming up to brew the next ballpark enhancement at Marlins Park, the Biscayne Bay Brew Hall.
Council Approves Sales Tax to Spur Development Around New Wichita Ballpark
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved a 2 percent sales tax within a newly established Community Improvement District, or CID, encompassing the area around the new baseball stadium and parts of the east bank of the Arkansas River. Read more here.
New Hotel, Convention Center on Deck Adjacent to New Rangers Ballpark
With a new Texas Rangers Major League Baseball stadium set to open in March, the city of Arlington (TX) is expanding its entertainment district with an adjacent $810 million public-private hotel and convention center development. Read more here.
Sales Tax Increase Proposed to Help Develop Area Around New Wichita Ballpark
An item on the Wichita (KS) City Council agenda is a proposal to establish a Community Improvement District, or CID, for an area around the new baseball stadium which would raise sales tax by 2%. If approved, the funds from the CID will go to the ballpark’s developers for a period of up to 22 years. The City Council will discuss the idea during the meeting on January 7th. Read more here.
Millions in Renovations Coming to Louisville Slugger Field
Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats (Triple-A, International League), has been taking people out to the ball game since April of 2000. Over the years it’s only had minor renovations, but a major renovation is now on deck for about $7.2 million. Read more here.
Nationals Park a Winter Wonderland
A huge Christmas display is lighting up the Washington Nationals baseball stadium in the nation’s capital through Dec. 29. Some two and a half million Christmas lights, a 30 meter high artificial Christmas tree, and an ice skating trail have turned the stadium into a glowing winter wonderland. Read more and watch video here. Learn more details here.
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Embracing Winter at CHS Field
Destination Winter Saint Paul is open at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints (Independent Professional, American Association) through Feb. 22. There’s excitement for all ages in one place with the relocation of Wells Fargo WinterSkate from Landmark Plaza to the playing surface at CHS Field and the return of the Securian Financial SuperSlide for the first time since Super Bowl LII. Read more and view video clip here. Learn more details here.
Upgrades Underway at NBT Bank Stadium
After a rebrand, season one of the Syracuse Mets (Triple-A, International League) was a hit on a number of levels: Attendance in the stands and play on the field. With the season over, the off-season is in full swing with major renovations to the NBT Bank Stadium, part of the deal when the Mets made a 25-year commitment to stay in Syracuse (NY). Read more and watch news report here. View renderings gallery here.
ONEOK Field to Get Major Upgrades and Additions to LED Video Displays
PRESS RELEASE – The Tulsa Drillers announced plans today for a major renovation project to ONEOK Field’s scoreboard and video displays. The million-dollar project will replace, enlarge and enhance all the stadium’s LED video displays and will be completed prior to the 2020 baseball season.
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TD Bank Ballpark Getting Upgrades
Plans have been announced to upgrade TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots (Independent Professional, Atlantic League), including the addition of a Ferris wheel; a new fun zone and individual/group area with concessions where the lawn seating section is now in right field; a redesigned picnic patio in left field; and a redesign of The Handle Bar, an area where fans can enjoy an upgraded bar experience at the game. Read more here.
T-Bones Staying Put, Ballpark Improvements Coming
Buoyed by a new owner, the Kansas City T-Bones (Independent Professional, American Association) will stay put, after the local government approved a $1 million infusion of tax revenues to help with ballpark improvements. The new ownership group, called Max Fun LLC, will also invest significantly in the stadium, the staff and marketing to broaden the customer base and improve the team’s public image. Read more here.
Cooling Down Impact Field: Settlement Reached in HVAC Dispute
It could take up to a year to fix the heating and cooling system at Impact Field, home of the Chicago Dogs (Independent Professional, American Association), after a settlement was reached with the subcontractor who installed the HVAC system in the $63-million, 6,300-seat ballpark in Rosemont (IL) that opened in May 2018. Read more here.
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Going Cashless at Polar Park
A store with snacks, drinks, and souvenirs at Polar Park in Worcester (MA) will enable customers to shop without scanning or stopping to check out, according to Standard Cognition co-founder and COO Michael Suswal. Read more here.
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Mariners Announce Ballpark Improvements
On Thursday the Seattle Mariners unveiled $29.8 million in capital improvements to their 20-year-old ballpark — now known as T-Mobile Park. Read more here.
A Polar Park Discussion with Ballpark Designer Janet Marie Smith
Ballpark designer Janet Marie Smith loves the scale of minor league stadiums. It means she can focus on every last detail. With Worcester’s new Polar Park at the drawing board, Smith and the Pawtucket/Worcester Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) team are imagining how they can infuse Worcester flare into each corner of the venue. Read more here.
Rangers New Ballpark 72% Complete, Latest Renderings Released
The Texas Rangers have released a huge gallery of renderings of the new Globe Life Field, which is 72% complete and slated to open in spring 2020. Read more and watch video here. View renderings gallery here.
Ballpark Pool a Big Hit in Vegas
It could be a scene at any number of pool parties across Southern Nevada, but this one has a key difference: It’s taking place amid a minor league baseball game at the new Las Vegas Ballpark. Read more and view photos here.
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Wichita City Council Adds Ballpark Village to Master Plan
A plan for the future of Wichita’s Delano neighborhood now includes a master plan for a Ballpark Village that will surround the city’s new baseball stadium for the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League). Read more here. View 8/13 final agenda packet here (scroll to page 46).
Upgrades Underway at Holman Stadium at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex
A renovation of Holman Stadium is currently underway at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach (FL). New seating, a higher outfield fence, rebranding of the scoreboard and a new location for the bullpen behind the left field fence are all part of MLB’s $10 million project, which also includes updating the complex’s motel rooms and building an indoor training facility. Read more and view photos here.
Dodger Stadium to Get $100-Million Makeover Before 2020 MLB All-Star Game
The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday unveiled plans for a $100-million renovation of Dodger Stadium that will provide a new center field plaza as well as elevators and bridges that will connect the outfield pavilions to the rest of the stadium. The project is expected to be completed in time for next season and the 2020 MLB All-Star Game at the historic ballpark. Read more and view 7 renderings here.
Renovations, New Name Coming to Purple Aces Ballpark
Charles H. Braun Stadium, home of the University of Evansville Purple Aces baseball team for 20 years, is set to receive a major facelift and a new name. Read more here.
Google Shows Baseball Love Today
Doing a Google search today? Check out the interactive baseball game to get you in the baseball and Fourth of July spirit. Click here.
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Solving the Transportation Puzzle for New A’s Ballpark
Unlike the Coliseum, which is adjacent to a BART station, the Howard Terminal site is isolated. It’s a mile away from three BART stations and constrained by railroad tracks and a waterfront. It hugs a port bustling with truck traffic that’s critical to the region’s economy. Read more here.
Parking for New Wichita Stadium
Plans for the area around Wichita’s (KS) new baseball stadium for the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) call for a large parking garage and additional surface parking. The parking garage would also double as a transit center. Read more here
Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Spacesuit Touring MLB Ballparks
The Washington Nationals this week became the first of 15 Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs to display a Smithsonian-created, interactive statue of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. The “Apollo at the Park” program is part of the National Air and Space Museum’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 mission that made Armstrong the first man on the moon. Read more here.
Neil Armstrong spacesuit statues are coming soon to a participating ballpark near you: https://t.co/PdRW85UOsX 👨🚀⚾️
When you visit the statues, use your phone for a content activation to learn more about #Apollo11, and make sure to share your photos using #SnapTheSuit. #Apollo50 pic.twitter.com/yps3cClTMY
— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) June 4, 2019
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