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Hillcats Unveil New Uniforms, ‘Hillcat for a Day’ Experience

lynchburg-hillcats-l-logoPRESS RELEASE – In conjunction with the Hillcats releasing their new uniforms, the team announced a special opportunity for fans to experience what it is like to be professional baseball players for a day. The Hillcats are offering a chance to be the first to take batting practice on the newly renovated City Stadium playing surface along with receiving their own personalized Hillcats jersey and new Hillcats cap. Continue reading

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Hillcats Release New Colors and Logos

lynchburg-hillcats-l-logoPRESS RELEASE – With the city’s vice mayor and the CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance on hand, the Lynchburg Hillcats unveiled their new logo and colors as part of a launch party at Fifth and Federal Thursday evening. The event also served as the ribbon-cutting for Fifth and Federal, a new bourbon bar opening soon near downtown Lynchburg. Continue reading

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Field Renovations Begin at City Stadium

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – Less than a week after the conclusion of the 2016 season, the Lynchburg Hillcats began the initial stage of a series of renovations scheduled for City Stadium by starting to remove the current playing surface. The first of many changes to take place at the ballpark during the offseason, the Hillcats have hired Sports Contracting Group (SCG) to execute a complete overhaul of the field. Continue reading

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Lynchburg to Remain Hillcats, Logo Refresh Possible

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – After a week that saw more than 3,000 votes cast for the name of the Lynchburg franchise beginning in 2017, the fans’ overwhelming support for Hillcats came through, easily topping the vote totals of all the suggested new monikers combined. Continue reading

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Lynchburg Unveils Name-the-Team Finalists

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPlaying a little catch-up here — the Lynchburg Hillcats (Single-A, Carolina League) have unveiled the six finalists for the team’s rebranding campaign, including Lamb Chops, Doves, Hillcats, Derechos, River Runners, and Love Apples.  Voting will end Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. ET.  Read more and vote here.

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Lynchburg HillCats to Rebrand Franchise, Announce ‘Name the Team’ Contest

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – After 21 years of baseball under the Hillcats moniker, Lynchburg is asking fans to help decide the team name for the 2017 season. With the help of Brandiose, a San Diego-based sports marketing company which has overseen rebranding efforts for more than 50 minor league teams, Lynchburg has created an online “Name the Team” campaign. Continue reading

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Hillcats Announce Front Office Additions

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – Lynchburg is pleased to announce two recent additions to the Hillcats staff leading up to the 2015 season. Josh Duffy has been named the Director of Group Sales, while Daniel Kurish joins the Lynchburg organization as the broadcast assistant. Continue reading

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Hillcats Complete Video Board Installation

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – Fans visiting City Stadium during the 2015 season will have a new way to view all of the action. The Lynchburg Hillcats teamed up with TS Sports to install a 15-foot high, 25-foot wide, Panasonic LED video board beyond the right-center field wall. In all, the board will use 276,480 LEDs. Despite lots of snow on the ground, the project was recently completed, and the Hillcats plan Continue reading

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Hillcats Announce Staff Promotions

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lynchburg Hillcats are pleased to announce that longtime Assistant General Manager Ronnie Roberts is being promoted to General Manager, and current President/General Manager Paul Sunwall will continue in his role as President. Continue reading

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Hillcats Partner with Virginia Treasury to Return Over $2 Million in Unclaimed Property

Lynchburg Hillcats LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lynchburg Hillcats and the Virginia Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program are pleased to announce that a combined partnership between both organizations has resulted in a one-day record in community outreach for the Treasury, with a total of $2,226,888 returned to people in the Lynchburg area on August 29. Fans were invited to claim their money Continue reading

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After Vote, Hillcats Staying Put

PRESS RELEASE – The Lynchburg Hillcats announced today that the pending sale of the Hillcats’ (Carolina League) franchise to the Atlanta Braves is now void. The sale was contingent on many different events occurring, including the city of Wilmington, NC voting to publicly fund the construction of a brand new stadium. That referendum was voted down 70% NO to 30% YES Continue reading

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Tentative Ballpark Deal Reached in Wilmington

A tentative ballpark deal has finally been reached between the City of Wilmington (NC), the Atlanta Braves, and Mandalay Baseball Properties.  The agreement is expected to go before the city council next Tuesday.  The proposed 2.5-cent property tax increase to pay for the new stadium will go before the voters in November.  Read more here.

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Still No Deal on Wilmington Ballpark Plan

The Wilmington City Council was hoping to vote next Tuesday on a plan to build a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise, but a final deal with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties remains a work in progress.  Read more here

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Voters to Decide Future of Proposed New Ballpark in Wilmington

The Wilmington (NC) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a $37-million bond referendum on the November ballot to cover the cost of a new stadium for a Single-A Carolina League that would be brought to town by the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Ballpark Decision Expected Monday

The Wilmington (NC) City Council reportedly plans to meet in closed session Monday with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties to discuss a tentative deal for a new $37 million ballpark.  If an agreement is finalized, the council could vote Tuesday during a public hearing to place the matter on the November ballot.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Ballpark Referendum a Go, Negotiations Continue

The Wilmington (NC) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with a bond referendum in November to fund a new $42 million ballpark for an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, despite an invalid petition.  Meanwhile, the city and Mandalay Baseball Properties are still negotiating the numbers.  The city says $42 million is too much for the new park.  Mandalay has offered up Continue reading

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Failure to Submit Affidavit Throws Tiny Wrench into Ballpark Petition

The petition to force a public vote to prevent the use of  taxpayer dollars to help fund a new Single-A Carolina league ballpark in Wilmington was reportedly not tied up with a perfect bow.  The group failed to submit the proper affidavit to go along with the petition signatures.  However, it appears the problem can be rectified.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Feasibility Report Released

The City of Wilmington has released a draft report from National Sports Services showing the estimated cost and feasibility of building a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise.  The council will vote to accept or reject the report next Tuesday.  Read more hereView report here.

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Anti-Ballpark Petition Succeeds, Questions Arise

The group trying to force a public vote on any taxpayer funding for a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise secured the number of petition signatures needed to make it happen — now what?  Shelby Sebens from the StarNewsOnline.com attempts to answer a number of fundamental questions about the impact of the successful petition drive.  Read more here.

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Anti-Ballpark Petition Falls Short, But…

The petition to stop any taxpayer funds from being used to build a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise fell 14 signatures short of the 2,842 needed to force a public vote on the issue.  However, it appears organizers can continue to add new names to the list.  To be on the November ballot, the issue must be certified by August 1.  Read more here.

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Board of Elections Verifying Petition Signatures

The New Hanover County (Wilmington, NC) Board of Elections has reviewed 2,447 of the approximately 4,000 signatures submitted to force a public vote on taxpayer funding for a new ballpark for a Single-A Carolina League franchise.  So far, 1,880 have been verified.  A total of more than 2,900 must be valid to trigger the referendum.  Read more here.

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Anti-Ballpark Petition Could Throw Wrench into Wilmington Ballpark Plans

A citizens group opposed to any public funding for a proposed new ballpark in Wilmington (NC) has filed a petition with more than 4,000 signatures to force a public vote on the project.  The broad language of the petition could also impact the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League) and Wilmington Hammerheads pro soccer team, which are not paying the full rate to rent city stadiums. Continue reading

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Lynchburg Watches as Wilmington Moves Forward

National Sports Services released a survey Tuesday showing support for a new ballpark in Wilmington (NC) and identified the three potential sites for the project.  Read more here.  This is making baseball fans in Lynchburg (VA) increasingly uneasy, as the Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League ) are being eyed for relocation.  Read more here.

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Second Ballpark Meeting Sparsely Attended

The second public information meeting on the proposed new ballpark in Wilmington (NC) was sparsely attended Wednesday night, as city staff and the media outnumbered actual citizens.  That said, the first meeting was held a mere one day earlier and  included a live presentation by the city’s consultant National Sports Services — not the replay shown last night.  On the other hand, if there is any Continue reading

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Map Released of Six Potential Ballpark Sites in Wilmington

Wilmington city fficials have released a map of six potential sites for the proposed new baseball stadium for an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Read more view map here.

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Go Forth and Study the Proposed Ballpark Project

The City of Wilmington (NC) gave National Sports Services its marching orders yesterday to produce a feasibility study by mid-June for the community’s proposed new baseball stadium.  The firm was hired last week to analyze the costs, economic benefits, and potential locations for the project.  Read more here.

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Wilmington (NC) Hires National Sports Services as Project Manager

The Wilmington (NC) City Council voted Tuesday to hire National Sports Services instead of Ripken Design as the project manager for the community’s proposed ballpark project.  There were concerns raised that Ripken may have had a conflict of interest with Mandalay Baseball Properties.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Targets Ripken for Ballpark Project

Wilmington (NC) City Manager Sterling Cheatham has indicated that Ripken Design has been chosen out of 10 bidders to represent the city “in developing and analyzing all of the aspects that accompany the development of a minor league baseball facility.”  The city council is expected to review the proposal next Tuesday.  Read more here.

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Danville to Lynchburg?

Should the Single-A Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats (Carolina League) relocate to a new ballpark in Wilmington (NC), the Atlanta Braves have apparently promised the the city a replacement franchise.  The Rookie-level Danville Braves (Appalachian League) have been mentioned.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Pro Stadium Business Coalition Formed, Press Conference at 10am Today (UPDATED)

The Wilmington Ballpark Coaltion, a group of local business leaders supporting the proposed new baseball stadium in Wilmington (NC), was introduced to the community on Monday.  It was also announced that representatives from Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves will hold a press conference to discuss the project at 10 a.m. this morning on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

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Locations Explored for New Wilmington Ballpark

As both opponents and supporters of the proposed new Single-A ballpark in Wilmington (NC) mobilize their grassroots, Wilmington officials continue to explore location options for the stadium.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Council Members Tour Durham Ballpark

A number of Wilmington (NC) City Council members toured Durham Athletic Park, home of the Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League) on Friday to get a first-hand view of the stadium and talk with city leaders about their experiences with the team and ballpark.  Read more here.

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Wilmington Council Approves Funding for Ballpark Feasibility Study

The Wilmington (NC) City Council has unanimously approved spending up to $123,500 to study the feasibility of building a new baseball stadium in the Port City for an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the news.

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Wilmington Considers Preliminary Ballpark Spend, Explores Locations

The Wilmington (NC) City Council on Tuesday will consider spending $123,500 over the coming months for a feasibility study, outside legal counsel, a financial adviser, property appraisal and project management in connection with a proposed new ballpark for a Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  The city is also looking at possible locations for the project.

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Hillcats Issue Statement on Possible Sale, Relocation, MiLB Replacement

PRESS RELEASE – Over the years, the Lynchburg Baseball Corp. (LBC) has from time to time received indications of interest pertaining to the acquisition of the Hillcats franchise. Consistently, the LBC’s response to any interested party has required a commitment to maintain professional baseball at Lynchburg City Stadium. Continue reading

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Hillcats Announce New Radio Voice

PRESS RELEASE – The Hillcats are pleased to introduce Erik Wilson as the new Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the upcoming 2011 campaign. Wilson takes over as the “Voice of the Hillcats” for all 140 broadcasts on 105.5 FM KD Country. Continue reading

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Hillcats Unveil 2011 Promo Schedule

PRESS RELEASE – The Lynchburg Hillcats announced today their promotional schedule for the upcoming 2011 season, their first as the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. This year the promotional schedule features three different national acts, fifteen giveaway items, twelve fireworks nights, new daily specials and much more! Continue reading

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Hillcats Announce 2010 Promo Schedule

PRESS RELEASE – The Lynchburg Hillcats announced today their promotional schedule for the upcoming 2010 campaign. This year the promotional schedule features numerous giveaway items, ten fireworks nights, new daily specials and much more! Continue reading

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