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RiverDogs to Host 17th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers Saturday

The Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A, South Atlantic League) will be hosting the 17th annual Festival of Beers at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, starting at 7 p.m.  There will be more than 100 breweries, both domestic and international, serving up a wide variety of suds.   Like any beer festival, there will be more than just the cold stuff going down smooth — enjoy musical stylings by the Blue Plantation Band and Baby Fat Band, plus eats from Kickin’ Chicken, Holy Rolly Charleston, Braised in the South, and Bearded Dogs.  Read more here.

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MLB to Play at ‘Field of Dreams’ Site

As announced last week, the “Field of Dreams site in Dyersville (IA) will become big-league reality on August 13, 2020, when the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will take the field surrounded by fans cheering from a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark to be constructed on the farm site where the classic film was shot.  Construction on the ballpark will begin Tuesday.  Read more here.  Read about how the business community in tiny Dyersville is handling the news here.

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Amid Renovations of Wichita State’s Ballpark, NBC World Series Underway

Renovations are currently underway at Wichita State’s Eck Stadium, but the Shockers’ home is still able to host this year’s NBC World Series.  The improvements at Eck will feature a strength and conditioning center, locker room, media room, player lounge and offices for coaches and staff.  Read more here.  Read about renovations here.

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Rumble at the Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach

The third annual “Rumble at The Ballpark” welcomed 80 wrestlers to The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach this past weekend.  There were 13 weight classes in the high school division, while the college-age division featured three brackets.  All champions brought home a commemorative baseball bat.  Read more view photo here.  Visit Facebook page here.

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Polar Park Groundbreaking Tomorrow

The city of Worcester (MA) is breaking ground on a new ballpark for the relocating Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) on Thursday, July 11.  Read more here.

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Milkmen Open New Ballpark

The Milwaukee Milkmen (Independent Professional, American Association) minor-league baseball team opened their home stadium at Ballpark Commons in Franklin (WI) on Monday in front of a reported crowd of 3,284, capping off a year of construction work.  Read more here.  View slideshow here.

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Vibes Lead Pioneer League in Attendance After Inaugural Opening Weekend

The Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie, Pioneer League) now lead the Pioneer circuit in attendance with an average of 3,959 fans per game after the team’s inaugural three-game homestand this past weekend.    That’s still filling less than half of a 8,500-seat venue that hosted a Triple-A club until the end of last season, but it’s a great start.   As we’ve suggested before, we worry about the impact the lack of intimacy of a half-empty ballpark will have on the fan experience and long-term attendance.  We’ll see.  Read more here.  Watch video here.

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