As the Cowlitz Black Bears (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) walked off the diamond after their season’s last game on Aug. 7, they left behind another summer’s worth of wear and tear on Lower Columbia College’s David Story Field. In the past several years, the condition of the college’s field has deteriorated so much that the LCC Red Devils baseball team won’t play on the field until repairs can be made. Read more here. View older ballpark photos here.
Category Archives: Money & Financials
The Fayetteville (NC) City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Lafayette Room at City Hall to consider approving a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros to move the city one step closer toward building a new downtown ballpark. Read more here.
Franklin (WI) officials over the next month will consider a $26 million spending plan to support the Ballpark Commons development, which includes a minor league baseball stadium that could open in spring 2018. Read more here.
The city of Fayetteville (NC) plans to cap at $35 million the total development cost of a potential minor league baseball stadium — a figure that’s almost $12 million less than a consultant’s June estimate. Read more here.
The City of Arlington (TX) could move one step closer Tuesday to building a new home for the Texas Rangers. The city council is set to decide whether or not to hold a special election on November 8 for voters to decide on the construction of a new ballpark. Read more here.
Redevelopment plans for the site of a Newark (NJ) baseball stadium are moving forward. Essex County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a public hearing this month regarding the future of the 17-year-old Newark Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Bridgeport (CT) officials — including Mayor Joe Ganim — reportedly want to raise additional revenue for the city by taking advantage of a new state law enabling them to tack a maximum 5 percent surcharge on tickets to events at the Webster Bank Arena and the Harbor Yard ballpark, home of the Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent Professional, Atlantic League). Read more here.