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.
Category Archives: Design & Construction
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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) 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.
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.