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.
Category Archives: Design & Construction
Polar Park to Provide Fans with 5 Scoreboards and LED Sideboards to Inform, Entertain, and Interact
NYC Committing $5.1M to Upgrade Richmond County Bank Ballpark
New York City has committed to a $5.1 million allocation to upgrade and revitalize Richmond County Bank Ballpark, which will prime it for other uses besides baseball. The funding comes on the heels of recent news that the New York Yankees would end its affiliation with the Staten Island Yankees (Single-A, New York-Penn League). Read more here.
RedWolves, City of Florence Partner on New Facility
PRESS RELEASE – The Florence RedWolves of the Coastal Plain League, along with the City of Florence (S.C.) are excited to announce a $15 million sports complex coming to Florence in 2022. This will be the new home of the RedWolves, who currently play at Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium on the campus of Francis Marion University.
The Field of Dreams Game that Would Have Been
Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com was all set to cover the “MLB at Field of Dreams Game” in Dyersville (IA), when MLB headquarters cancelled the event. Because he already put together an article for USA TODAY previewing the game and ballpark built at the famous movie site, he has graciously posted it here. Enjoy!
Designing and building a new ballpark at the iconic Field of Dreams movie site is what baseball fantasies are made of. While we won’t see the inaugural game played today, we’re keeping the ballfield in anticipation of next year’s planned event.@MLB @BaAMProductions @BrightView pic.twitter.com/pJs6601A4g
— Populous (@Populous) August 13, 2020
Hinchliffe Stadium Update
The Paterson (NJ) City Council recently approved the use of $1.1 million in federal housing funds for the 75-unit senior citizen building being done in conjunction with the reconstruction of Hinchliffe Stadium. The council also gave final approval to a 30-year tax break for the Hinchliffe development. The $76.7 million project also would include a 315-space parking garage as well as a restaurant with museum exhibit space. Read more here and here. Thanks to John Cerone for links.
Joe Mock Granted Near-Exclusive Access to Fanless Christening of Globe Life Field
Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com was one of the few granted access to Globe Life Field, as the Texas Rangers christened their new ballpark with no fans in the stands. Mock’s original reporting appeared in USA TODAY Sports Weekly. Read story and view photos here.
The @Rangers opened beautiful @GlobeLifeField Friday, but no fans could attend. Read about the fan-less atmosphere, with thoughts from the gameday coordinators and broadcasters. https://t.co/3hAg4thdDJ pic.twitter.com/qGdGQQJzlI
— Joe Mock (@baseballparks) July 27, 2020
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Drone Footage of Dodger Stadium Renovations
No games yet, but you can check out the most-recent drone footage of the Dodger Stadium renovations on YouTube, courtesy of John Kay. Read more here.
Goundbreaking Soon for New Beloit Ballpark, Opening Targeted for 2021
Members of the Riverbend Stadium Authority say they expect new, state-of-the-art baseball stadium in Beloit (WI) for the Beloit Snapper’s (Single-A, Midwest League) will be ready in time for the 2021 season. Read more here.
Fred Nats Host Virtual Opening Day
In case you missed it, the Fredericksburg Nationals (Single-A, Carolina League) hosted a virtual Opening Day last Thursday, which included a tour of their new ballpark. Read more here.
Despite COVID-19, Construction Continues on MLB Field of Dreams
Major League Baseball has yet to determine whether there will be a season because of the spread of the coronavirus across the U.S. But construction continues on the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville (IA) where a game is still scheduled to be played between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on August 13. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, League & Franchise, Stadium Issues
Oconomowoc Council Approves Ballpark Plans
In case you missed the news, Oconomowoc (WI) is getting a new baseball stadium. The city’s Common Council has unanimously approved plans to build a 2,500-seat baseball stadium for a Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) franchise and a 43,000 square foot indoor health and wellness training center. Read more here.
Wind Surge Ballpark Named ‘Riverfront Stadium’
Wichita’s new minor league baseball stadium has a name. In just over a month, the Wichita Wind Surge (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) will take the field at the ballpark now known as Riverfront Stadium. 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.
Revised Financing Plan Approved for WooSox Ballpark
The Worcester City Council has approved a revised financing plan to address about $30 million in increased costs for a new baseball stadium being built in the city for the coming Worcester Red Sox (Triple-A, International League). 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.
Field of Dreams Dreaming of MLB’s Return After 2020
When the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox finish their special game at the Field of Dreams movie site on Aug. 13, the two teams will pack their bags and head out of Iowa. But the hope is that MLB will be back at the iconic site again. Read more here
A Tour of New Wichita Wind Surge Ballpark
The Wichita Wind Surge (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) on Thursday gave fans a live, 30-minute video tour on Facebook of their new ballpark currently under construction. Watch video tour here.
Lafayette Exploring Team Options for New Ballpark
When the new Loeb Stadium, going up at the corner of Main Street and Wallace Avenue in Columbian Park, opens, what baseball team will take the mound at the $20 million facility during its first full summer in 2021? Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski isn’t making any promises. Read more here
Oconomowoc Delays Consideration of Baseball Stadium Until March 3
The City of Oconomowoc (WI) Common Council has temporarily put off the fate of a proposed indoor athletic health and wellness facility and baseball stadium, citing the need for more time to process information about the proposed project. They’ll take up the matter again at 6:30 p.m. on March 3. Read more here and here.
Missions Exploring Sites for Potential New Ballpark
It’s been nearly four years since Dave Elmore, founder of the Elmore Sports Group, which owns the San Antonio Missions (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), committed to moving the team from the Double-A Texas League to the higher-level PCL. That commitment came with a hitch: San Antonio (TX) needed to deliver a new ballpark. Read more here.
ACTA President Takes Shot at University for Failing to Steer $60M Gift Away from Baseball Stadium
Binghamton University’s sports facilities in Vestal (NY) will be transformed with a $60 million anonymous gift that will create a new Baseball Stadium Complex for the Bearcats. Read more here. View renderings here. Of course, there always has to be one critic in the house. Read more here. While we get where Michael Poliakoff, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, is coming from, this scolding is unwarranted: Continue reading
Filed under Design & Construction, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
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.
The Latest on Boise Ballpark Saga
A professional, multi-sports stadium complex in the Treasure Valley has been a topic that has been white-hot over the past few years. And now, after going cold for a few months, the project maybe warming up again. Watch news report here. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Legal, Market & Location, Stadium Issues
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.
Pendulum Takes Swing at Designing New Downtown Ballpark for Royals
The team at Kansas City-based Pendulum have released renderings of a new, 30,000-seat stadium in downtown Kansas City (MO) for the Kansas City Royals via KansasCityLovestheRoyals.com. Read more and view renderings here and 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.
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.
Fans Get First Look at New Rangers Ballpark
Opening day for the Texas Rangers is just over two months away, but fans got a sneak peek Saturday at the new Globe Life Field. Read more and watch news report 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).
Latest Plans and Renderings Released for New Beloit Ballpark
Development plans and renderings for the proposed 3,500-seat baseball stadium in downtown Beloit (WI) for the Beloit Snappers (Single-A, Midwest League) have been released. Read more here. View more renderings here.
Approval for A’s New Ballpark Rounding the Bases
The Oakland A’s pitch for a waterfront ballpark became closer to reality after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an agreement with the port that allows the release of the project’s environmental review. Read more here.
Owner Fights to Save SeaWolves
After spending more than 30 years learning the ins and outs of corporate America, Fernando Aguirre was ready to own a business and bought the Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) in 2015. Late last year, Aguirre learned that the SeaWolves are one of 42 teams that could be axed under a proposal by MLB. But, he is working to save the team and his investment. Meanwhile, UPMC Park is in the middle of a $16 million renovation with some parts finished, including a new field that was put in place before the 2019 season and a new scoreboard that was installed during the season. Read more here.
Newnan (GA) Considering New Coastal Plain League Ballpark
The city of Newnan (GA) is soliciting public comments on a proposed 14-acre sports and entertainment complex that could host an Coastal Plain League (Summer Collegiate) baseball team. Read more and view renderings here.
Polar Park Overruns to be Funded
Worcester (MA) expects to borrow an additional $32 million to cover construction and acquisition costs related to the new Polar Park under construction for the Worcester Red Sox (Triple-A, International League). In a memo, City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. stated that no existing city tax revenue will be used to fund the new ballpark. The team and City plan to make up for these costs in part by increasing ticket fees and parking prices at the stadium. Read more here and here.
Construction of New F-Nats Ballpark Remains on Schedule
Construction of the new stadium for the Fredericksburg Nationals (Single-A, Carolina League) remains on track to be completed in time for the team’s home opener on April 23. The project, originally pegged at $35 million, has slightly exceeded that budget and will ultimately cost $37 million to $38 million to complete. Read more and view photo here.
Developer Revises Financing Plan for Hinchliffe Stadium Restoration
The developer looking to rebuild Hinchliffe Stadium has revised the financing plan because a proposed state historic preservation tax credit program originally projected to generate $2.8 million for the project has not yet been enacted. Read more and view photos here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
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.
Brunswick (GA) Delays Public Meeting to Discuss Ballpark Proposal
Brunswick (GA) Mayor Cornell Harvey said a town hall meeting scheduled for Jan. 15 to explain a proposal to build a $13-million ballpark for a Coastal Plain League (Summer Collegiate) team and get public input will now be held by mid February at the request of the group trying the establish the franchise. Read more here. Read previous story here.