After 21 seasons as the Osprey, Missoula’s Pioneer League team announced a name change at a team rebranding event held Monday morning at the Missoula Children’s Theater. The Osprey are now the Missoula PaddleHeads, Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Read more here.
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After Success of First Big Concert at Ballpark, Efforts Underway to Improve Future Events
The recent Mumford and Sons show in Missoula (MT) saw a huge turnout at Ogren Park in the Old Saw Mill District. Despite damage to the field that caused the Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League) to miss six home games, officials are now working to improve on what they see as a successful production to make upcoming shows even better. Read more here.
Filed under Conference & Events, Field & Turf, Stadium Issues
Missoula Osprey Need Fan Help for 2020 Rebrand
The Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League), under new ownership for the first time since its arrival in 1999, are seeking a rebrand in 2020 and want fan input to help find a new nickname Submit name here.
Filed under Branding & Marketing
Osprey Announce New Ownership
PRESS RELEASE – Mike and Judy Ellis, the majority stakeholders in Mountain Baseball LLC, the franchise ownership group since 1993, announced Friday their intent to sell the franchise to Peter Davis and Susan Crampton Davis of Big Sky Professional Baseball LLC.
Deal Approved: Concerts Coming to Osprey’s Ballpark
The Missoula (MT) City Council on Wednesday ratified an agreement struck with the Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League) and concert-promoter Logjam Presents to make greater use of Civic Stadium and bring the city more financial security in paying the facility’s debt. The three-way agreement reduces the team’s annual lease from $120,000 to $40,000 a year. Read more here.
Proposed Agreement Could Bring Concerts to Ogren Park
Logjam Presents production company and the City of Missoula (MT) have proposed an agreement to bring concerts to Ogren Park, home of the Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League), starting next year. Read more here.
Osprey Announce New Radio Voice
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey announced today the addition of Cooper Perkins as the new Voice of the Osprey. Perkins will also fill the role of media relations coordinator upon his arrival in Missoula prior to the season. Continue reading
Renegades, CornBelters, Osprey Unveil 2016 Promo Schedules
The Hudson Valley Renegades (Single-A, New York-Penn League), Normal CornBelters (Independent Professional, Frontier League), and Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League) have unveiled their 2016 promotional schedules. View Renegades schedule here. View CornBelters schedule here. View Osprey schedule here.
Osprey Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule
PRESS RELEASE – With the 17th Missoula Osprey Home Opener less than 50 days away, the club announced its 2015 Promotional Calendar that includes many customary staples including five low-level Fireworks Extravaganzas, Jake Lamb T-Shirt Night, Sparky the Fire Dog Bobblehead Night, Satuday Brewfests, and many other fun and affordable opportunities to see Osprey baseball. Continue reading
Osprey’s Ogren Park to Host Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss
PRESS RELEASE – Music legends and Grammy Award winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas will be touring together in June and July of 2015. The tour will make a stop at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in Missoula, Mont. on Wednesday June 17, 2015. Continue reading
Geivett Named New Voice of Osprey
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey announced today the addition of Tyler Geivett as the new Voice of the Osprey. Geivett will also fill the role of media relations coordinator upon his arrival to Missoula in early June. Continue reading
Osprey Complete Another ‘Float to the Ballpark’ Promo (We Think)
We were passing through Missoula (MT) on Sunday afternoon and stopped by Ogren Park at Allegience Field a few hours before the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League) game to see if the “Float to the Ballpark” participants had docked yet. They hadn’t, but we took a few photos to give you a feel for the venue. We have yet to see a report from the Osprey on their website, Facebook or Twitter page that the promo actually took place, but we assume it did. View our photos here. Read about the float promo here. View photos from 2012 here.
Developing the Old Sawmill District Next to Osprey’s Home
A development team looking to transform an old sawmill site along the Clark Fork River in Missoula (MT) into a trendy urban village, complete with condominiums, office space, shopping, dining, student housing and senior living. That should be good news for next door neighbor Ogren Park Allegiance Field, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League). Read more here. View map here.
Filed under Amenities & Features, Design & Construction
ZZ Top, Jeff Beck to Rock Home of the Osprey
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey in conjunction with The Knitting Factory announced today that ZZ Top and Jeff Beck will be live in concert at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Friday, August 8. The gates will open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6. Continue reading
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Missoula Osprey Announce New Voice
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey announced today the addition of Nolan Alexander as the new “Voice of the Osprey.” Alexander will also fill the role of media relations coordinator upon his arrival to Missoula in early June. Continue reading
Osprey Double Down on Unique ‘Float to the Game’ Promo
PRESS RELEASE – After a very successful first Float to the Ballpark promotion on Sunday, July 29, the Missoula Osprey announced today that in conjunction with 10,000 Waves Rafting & Kayaking, they will host a second float prior to the Osprey game on Sunday, August 19. This is one of the most unique promotions in all of professional baseball. Fans will need to pre-purchase a package for Continue reading
Great White, Slaughter to Rock Osprey’s Ogren Park
PRESS RELEASE – Tickets for the show go on sale online at MissoulaOsprey.com, at the MSO Hub Box Office, located at 140 N Higgins in downtown Missoula and by phone at (406) 543-3300 on Tuesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. Continue reading
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Osprey to Welcome 1,000,000th Fan Sunday
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey will reach an historic milestone on Sunday, June 30th against Helena at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Crossing through the gates that evening will be the one millionth fan to see an Osprey regular season home game. To commemorate the achievement, the O’s will hold a special prize drawing. Continue reading
Filed under Awards & Recognition, Rankings & Attendance
Northwest League Chooses New President
PRESS RELEASE – The Northwest League of Professional Baseball Board of Directors have chosen Michael Ellis, an executive with 20 years of experience in Minor League Baseball, as the next President of the Northwest League, effective January 1st, 2013. Ellis succeeds Bob Richmond, who retires after serving as League President for 30 years. Continue reading
Unique ‘Float to the Game’ Today in Missoula (UPDATED – LINK TO PHOTOS)
The Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League) are offering a unique and fun “Float to the Game” promotion starting at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Participating fans will be taken from Ogren Park, the team’s home along the Clark Fork River, to waiting rafts that will take them on a guided float back to the stadium. Fans will then be treated to an all-you-can-eat BBQ meal before the Osprey’s game against Continue reading
Steve Martin Coming to Ogren Park
PRESS RELEASE – You know him as “The Jerk”, a wild and crazy guy and “The Father of the Bride”, but the Missoula Osprey, in conjunction with CT Touring announced today that legendary comedian Steve Martin accompanied by Steep Canyon Rangers will perform a night of Bluegrass and Banjo live in concert at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show will go on Continue reading
Osprey Unveil New Road Cap
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey announced today that they will have a slightly new look when the team hits the road in June, with the revealing of a new road cap today. Continue reading
Filed under Branding & Marketing, Merchandising
Deal Finally Closed on Missoula Ballpark
Missoula (MT) Mayor John Engen announced Thursday that the city’s deal to take control of Ogren Park, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), has been finalized. Read more here.
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Stadium Issues
Trouble for Missoula Ballpark Transfer?
Four of the 19 private individuals who signed guarantees for Play Ball Missoula (PBM) to secure a $1.9 million loan from First Security Bank to help fund the building of Ogren Park, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), are balking at paying more than $500k to the bank after the loan went into default. This has stalled the transfer of the ballpark to the city. The four Continue reading
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Legal, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
Osprey’s EVP Named Pioneer League’s Executive of the Year
PRESS RELEASE – Missoula Osprey Executive Vice President Matt Ellis was chosen as the Pioneer League’s Executive of the Year during the general session of the Pioneer League’s Fall Meeting in Billings. This is the fifth time Ellis has been named Executive of the Year in professional baseball. Previously, Ellis took home the Executive of the Year Award three times in the Pioneer League Continue reading
Filed under Awards & Recognition, Personnel & Operations
Critic Withdraws Lawsuit Against Missoula
Ross Best, a huge critic of Missoula’s acquisition of Ogren Park, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), has withdrawn his lawsuit against the city over concerns about his health. Rather than engaging in a potentially protracted legal battle, Best had decided to focus his efforts on a petition drive to put the issue before the voters. Read more here.
Filed under Legal, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
Missoula Facing Lawsuit Over Ballpark Acquisition
Ross Best, a critic of the city of Missoula’s decision to purchase Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), has filed a lawsuit to try and nix the deal. Read more here.
Missoula Buys Ballpark
The Missoula (MT) City Council voted on Monday to spend $2 million in urban renewal funds and issue $1.555 million in bonds to purchase Ogren Park, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), to keep the facility from foreclosure. The Osprey will make $120,000 in annual payments to pay off the debt. Read more here.
Council Committee Recommends Ballpark Buyout
The Missoula (MT) City Council’s Administration and Finance Committee voted 6-3 on Wednesday to recommend the city assume a $3.5 million share of the outstanding debt on Ogren Park, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), to keep the ballpark from foreclosure. The full council will vote on the deal next Monday. Read more here.
Missoula Delays Decision on Stadium Purchase
The City of Missoula has delayed a decision to buy Ogren Park, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League), after hearing public comments on Monday. Read more here.
Missoula Will Buy Osprey’s Ballpark
The City of Missoula (MT) plans to buy the Missoula Osprey’s (Pioneer League) ballpark by paying off the $2 million in debt that remains on the stadium. Mountain Baseball will lease the ballpark from the city for 25 years at $120,o00 per year. Read more here.
Osprey Release 2011 Promotional Schedule
PRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey announced their ever popular promotional schedule today highlighted by three famous low-level fireworks extravaganzas, multiple affordable options on game tickets and food as well as exclusive premium giveaway nights as the club prepares for their 13th season in Missoula with their home opener set for June 22. Continue reading
Looking to Refinance Ballpark in Missoula
Play Ball Missoula is working on a refinancing plan to pay off Ogren Park, home of the Pioneer League’s Missoula (MT) Osprey. The organization was formed to build the $12 million stadium and receives a precentage of tickets sales and other revenue streams to make facility debt payments. Play Ball would like to see a flat rate lease from the Osprey to ensure predictable income. Read more here.