The Kinston (NC) city council voted Monday to approve a lease for a potential baseball team at Grainger Stadium. The deal is expected to be with a Single-A, Carolina League team and include $1.6 million in improvements and enhancements to the facility. Read more here. Read background story here.
Category Archives: Stadium Issues
The board of education in Independence (KS) agreed this week to move forward with a plan to tear down and replace what remains of Shulthis Stadium at Riverside Park, despite opposition from preservationists. Opening in 1918, Shulthis was site of the first night game in organized baseball on April 28, 1930. Baseball great Mickey Mantle also played at Shulthis in 1949 as a member of the Independence Yankees. Read more here. View photos and renovation renderings here.
Police officials say jail time isn’t likely if convictions are handed down for the four youths charged with setting a fire that destroyed historic Civic Stadium in Eugene (OR). Read more here. The old ballpark was the former home of the Eugene Emeralds (Single-A, Northwest League) and was slated for a soccer makeover after recently being saved from the wrecking ball.
On the heels of a presentation Monday by Downtown Amarillo Inc. Chairman John Lutz outlining the details of a downtown development plan, the Amarillo Globe-News has come out in favor of the proposed multipurpose event center (MPEV) and takes issue with anyone referring to it as simply a ballpark. Read more here.
In what he called his final offer, Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League) owner Bruce Quinn is now proposing to pay $2 million in up-front costs but more in rent and shared revenue if Spotsylvania County (VA) will build a $30 million, 5,000-seat stadium for his minor-league baseball team. The Board of Supervisors will likely vote on whether to accept the new proposal on Tuesday. Read more here.
Sports columnist Bud Poliquin reflects on the summer 20 years ago when construction began on what is now called NBT Bank Stadium, home of the Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A, International League), which replaced old MacArthur Stadium. It’s not a fond memory, however, as he believes it was built in the wrong place. Read more here. His colleague Sean Kirst shares his thoughts too. Read more here.