Saying they cannot afford to operate in Joplin (MO) without a lease restructuring because of lower than expected paid attendance, the owners of the Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association) announced they want the Joplin City Council to forgive the $37,500 quarterly lease payment that was not paid on Oct. 1, and to reduce the annual lease in future seasons from $150,000 to $50,000. Read more here. View proposal here. Watch news report here.
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In less than a month, Amarillo (TX) voters will decide if a $32 million dollar downtown ballpark will be included in the downtown multi-purpose event venue. The controversial ballot item has two new groups forming to share their side of the argument. Read more and watch news report here.
Under plans revealed Tuesday by Rosemont (IL) Mayor Brad Stephens, a new American Association baseball franchise would take up residence at proposed $50-$60 million, 7,000-seat baseball stadium in 2018. The preliminary site plan was developed by Minneapolis-based Snow Kreilich Architects, which designed CHS Field, home of the league’s St. Paul Saints. Read more here.
While it seems unlikely at this point, there have been ongoing rumblings about the possibility of building a new baseball stadium in downtown Sioux Falls (SD) for the Sioux Falls Canaries (Indy Pro, American Association). The team currently plays at Sioux Falls Stadium, which was renovated more than a decade ago. Read more here.
Six students from the Missouri Southern State University art club, Focal Point, and their professor have been hard at work on a baseball-themed mural featuring Mickey Mantle and Joe Beccker that will be installed at Joe Becker Stadium, home of the Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association). Read more here. See photos here. Read team press release here.
There is not much new here for those who follow the baseball industry closely, but writer Andrew Beaton via The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the business of independent professional baseball. Read more here.
Demolition work is underway on Midway Stadium. The 6,000-seat stadium in the shadows of the state fairgrounds served as the home of the St. Paul Saints (Indy Pro, American Association) for more than 20 years. The team now plays at brand new CHS Field in Lowertown. Read more and view photos here.