Things got messy at CHS Field on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The St. Paul Saints (Independent Professional, American Association) paid tribute to the 40th anniversary of the movie Animal House with a huge ballpark “FOOD FIIIIGHT!” Read press release here.
Tom Hurlbert, principal architect at CO-OP Architecture in downtown Sioux Falls (SD), has publicly pitched a new ballpark. The Co-Op Architecture group has made designs of a proposed baseball stadium at Falls Park. It would be north of the Sioux Steel development site. Read more and view renderings gallery here.
The Somerset Patriots welcomed their 7,000,000th Fan to TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday, July 26th. At 6:34 pm, Dan Heitkamp of Washington Township purchased the ticket to the game and entered the main gate with his 4-year old godson Logan where he was greeted by Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle among the fanfare.
The National Baseball Congress World Series has been a source for summer baseball at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita (KS) for decades, but the tournament will have a new home after this year. Starting in 2019, the tournament will be played at Wichita State University’s Eck Stadium. Read more here.
A Shreveport native is hoping to save Fair Grounds Field. Edward Best shared his idea about three weeks ago on Change.org. Since then, more than 2,500 people signed his petition, and he’s gotten the attention of city leaders. Read more and watch news report here. The latest pro team to play at the ballpark were the Shreveport-Bossier Captains (Independent Professional, American Association), which relocated to Laredo (TX) after the 2011 season.
LaGrave Field, the former home of the Fort Worth Cats (Independent Professional, United League Baseball/North American League/American Association/Central Baseball League/All-American Association), has been deteriorating for four years. Now it appears to be getting a new lease on life via a land-swap deal between the Tarrant Regional Water District and the ballpark’s owners, Houston-based Panther Acquisition Partners. Read more here. Watch news report here. Visit Save LaGrave here.
Dozens of High Point (NC) Baseball fans came out to BB&T Ballpark to celebrate the unveiling of the new team — The High Point Rockers (Independent Professional, Atlantic League). Watch news report and view photos here.