The Milwaukee Brewers broke ground Tuesday on the Maryvale Baseball Park project in Phoenix (AZ). Read more and view renderings here. Meanwhile, the team celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Sandlot movie with the two-minute video below:
On March 11, 1953, Brooklyn Dodgers President Walter O’Malley stood at home plate to open the newly constructed, 5,000-seat stadium at Dodgertown, named for local businessman and Airport Director Bud Holman. Read more here.
In compiling information to draft articles for the USA TODAY Spring Training Preview, Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com partnered with data-mining firm ReviewTrackers to look at all 23 spring-training ballparks. Surprisingly, Ed Smith Stadium, the spring-training home of the Baltimore Orioles, came in at #1 for overall fan experience. Intrigued to dig deeper, Mock talked with baseball architect Janet Marie Smith, Orioles’ Executive VP John Angelos, Manager Buck Showalter, pitcher/broadcaster Jim Palmer, and designer David Schwartz. The complete rundown and interviews/quotes are available here.
If you are planning to experience spring training in Arizona and love tasting new food items, azcentral.com has provided their foodie guide for the 2018 season, so you know what’s new and delicious at all 10 Cactus League stadiums. Read more and view photos here.
The Milwaukee Brewers will contribute $56-$60 million to an overhaul of the Maryvale Baseball Park complex in time for 2019 Spring Training. A doubling of clubhouse space, new workout amenities including a massive weight room and a practice field that mimics the dimensions of Miller Park, and significant improvements to the main stadium concourse are planned. Read more and watch video here. View more renderings here.
Fitteam, an event brand partnership and organic products firm, has secured the naming rights to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. Read more here.
More than a year after the teams’ $152 million shared facility opened, construction still isn’t finished. And it might be June before the city issues a final certificate of occupancy, which will mark the end of a rocky construction process that has faced numerous challenges since work started in November 2015. Read more here.