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Parking for New Wichita Stadium

Plans for the area around Wichita’s (KS) new baseball stadium for the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) call for a large parking garage and additional surface parking. The parking garage would also double as a transit center.  Read more here

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Advisory Board to Help Establish Entertainment District Around New Wichita Ballpark

A development group involved in the project for a new baseball stadium in Wichita (KS) has created an advisory board that will help in the establishment of an entertainment district around the stadium. Read more here.

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Syracuse Mets Set Date for 2019 Ballpark Craft Beer Festival

The Syracuse Mets’ (Triple-A, International League) 2019 Ballpark Craft Beer Festival, featuring samples of more than 100 beers from 50 or so breweries, will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday June 21.  That’s an off-night for the team.  In previous years, the beer fest had been held in September, after the end of the season. Read more here.

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Could Chick-fil-A Controversy Lead to Jumpstart in San Antonio Ballpark Talks?

On May 4, San Antonio voters will elect a new mayor, and the election has become a proxy contest for a Chick-fil-A controversy. Incumbent Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who supports barring the company at the San Antonio airport, faces City Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who wants to reverse the City Council decision to do so.  Read about the controversy hereRead more here.  How does this relate to a potential new ballpark for the  San Antonio Missions (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League)?   Nirenberg has been less enthusiastic about city involvement in a new ballpark than Brockhouse.  Read more here.  If the Chick-fil-Aers  come out to vote, it could turn the ballpark tide for the Missions.

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Mock Tours, Reviews New Vegas Ballpark

Joe Mock of  BaseballParks.com was in Summerlin (NV) recently to tour the new $100-million ballpark that opened last week for the Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League).  Mock’s in-depth review checks in at 5,800 words and three-dozen photographs covering everything from the ballpark design to fan amenities and concessions.  Read review and view photos here.

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Worcester Gets Rolling on Property Acquisition, Parking Garage

The Worcester Redevelopment Authority board unanimously voted Friday to take the first three properties needed to assemble the footprint for the construction of a minor league ballpark off Kelley Square.  The board also voted to spend $23 million for the design and construction of a structured parking garage that will be built on the south side of Madison Street.  Read more here.

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Wichita Lays Down Ceremonial Home Plate, Construction Update Provided

Wichita (KS) city officials, the owner of the Miami Marlins and Wichita baseball fans gathered Thursday morning for the ceremonial placement of home plate at the new minor league baseball stadium.  Read more and watch news report here.  Meanwhile, Scott Sherry of JE Dunn Construction gave an update on the progress of the new ballpark, which is expected to be completed in March of 2020.  Read more and watch video here.

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Aviators Open New Ballpark in Front of 11,036, Introduce Mascots

The Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) opened their new ballpark in Summerlin (NV) Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 11,036. They also introduced two new mascots — Spruce the Goose and Mr. Aviator. Read more and watch news report here. Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com is in Vegas to experience the stadium, so we expect some great professional coverage from his visit. Stay tuned!

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Aviators Host Media Day, Food and Beverage a Cut Above the Rest


The Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) held media day at the new Las Vegas Ballpark on Tuesday.  Read more and watch news report here.  Meanwhile, Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis is playing a starring role in a food and beverage lineup worthy of the majors.  Read more here.

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Fresno Grizzlies’ $3.4 Million in Capital Improvements Lead to Opening Day

PRESS RELEASE – The $3.4 million dollars in capital improvements pledged to Chukchansi Park by the Fresno Sports & Events LLC ownership group, now in their second season operating the Fresno Grizzlies, are taking shape in advance of Opening Day 2019 (Thursday, April 4, 7:05 p.m. first pitch).

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AutoZone Park Set for 2019 Home Opener with $2 Million in Improvements

PRESS RELEASE – AutoZone Park’s 20th season is underway after nearly $2 million in stadium upgrades, improvements, and renovations ahead of 89 scheduled Memphis Redbirds and Memphis 901 FC games.

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Mud Hens Introduce New Food Items for 2019

PRESS RELEASE – The off-season taste testing is complete, and the Toledo Mud Hens are introducing a wide array of new food and beverage options for fans at Fifth Third Field. Here are the new menu items fans can enjoy beginning Opening Day on April 4.

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Worcester Ballpark Construction/Design Team in Place, Properties Being Targeted

The final piece of the construction/design team for Worcester’s (MA) ballpark project is now in place, as the city’s redevelopment authority has awarded the construction manager at risk contract to Gilbane-Hunt, a joint venture.  In a related matter, offers are being made for acquisition of properties in the area of the proposed ballpark site.  Read more here.

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Wichita Approves Ballpark Development Agreement

The Wichita (KS) City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to move forward with a development agreement on the new baseball stadium and some of the land around it.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Owner Selling Ballpark Magic in Wichita

With a New England accent and penchant for colorful detail delivered without taking a breath — at least when he’s in sales-pitch mode — New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) owner Lou Schwechheimer is in Wichita (KS) to sell a dream.  Read more here.

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Wichita Ballpark Development Vote Tuesday

More than three years of negotiations — punctuated by weeks of public outcry over transparency — come down to a Tuesday City Council vote on a development agreement for Wichita’s (KS) new ballpark.  Read more here.

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New Las Vegas Ballpark Now Has Grass

Grass was laid down at the Las Vegas Ballpark Thursday, just weeks before the Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) are scheduled to start playing there.  Opening day is April 9 when the Aviators will play Sacramento at 7:05 p.m.  Read more here.

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In Search of a New Tenant for McCoy Stadium

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she’s actively trying to recruit a new professional sports team to replace the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) at McCoy Stadium.  Inquiries have reportedly come for the ranks of soccer, baseball and more.  A formal request of proposals document/process for the future use of McCoy Stadium is forthcoming.  Read more  and watch video here.

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Construction Manager Recommended for Polar Park

The Selection Committee for Polar Park has recommended to the Worcester (MA) Redevelopment Authority that Gilbane-Hunt, a joint venture, be construction manager for the ballpark project.  Read more here.

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Mexico City’s New Ballpark Set to Open April 5

After three years of construction, the Alfredo Harp Helú baseball stadium, the new home of the Diablos Rojos del México (Triple-A, Liga Mexicana de Béisbol). will be inaugurated on March 23, just ahead of the start of the new season on April 5.  Read more and view photo here.  View another photo here.

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I-Pigs Announce New Menu Items for 2019 Season

During “#NewFoodWeek” across the team’s social media channels, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs introduced the new items that will be available around the Coca-Cola Park concourse, as well as items exclusive to the club-level menu.  Read more here.

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Drone Footage of Las Vegas Ballpark Construction

Drone footage captured the latest updates of the Las Vegas Ballpark in Downtown Summerlin.  The big update, as of March 7, includes large signage above where the biggest video scoreboard in minor league baseball will reside.  Read more and watch video here.  The biggest news though, might be $2 beer nights at the new stadium:

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Louisville Bats to Play as ‘Derby City Mint Juleps’ for Two Games

The Louisville Bats (Triple-A, International League), in partnership with Four Roses Bourbon, announced in a press conference at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday that the team will re-brand as the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games during the 2019 season. Read more here.

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El Paso to End Ballpark Subsidy Early

New figures show the debt incurred for building Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), will be covered by revenue generated by the stadium and hotel occupancy tax revenue alone after 2021, two years ahead of schedule.  Read more here.

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Las Vegas Ballpark Construction – VIDEO

The stadium that will serve as the new home for the Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) is quickly taking shape in Downtown Summerlin (NV), after nearly a year of construction.  The seats are filling in, the scoreboard is going up, and they’re getting the field prepared for grass.  Watch video here.

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Crews Begin Work on New Wichita Ballpark

Construction on Wichita’s new baseball stadium project is hitting warp speed as government officials and developers try to get the stadium up and running by spring 2020. The first round of building was approved by the City Council last Tuesday and work began Wednesday. Read more here. Watch groundbreaking here.

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Bulls to be ‘Lollygaggers’ for One Night

In honor of one of sport’s cinema’s most iconic scenes, the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, International League) will rebrand for one night only as the Durham Lollygaggers.  On June 14th, 31 years after the release of the Bull Durham movie, the team will take the field in specially-designed jerseys and hats to commemorate a scene still mentioned across pop culture today.  Read more here.

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Aviators Unveil Largest LED Video Display in the Minors

Las Vegas Ballpark will have the biggest videoboard in minor league baseball — and bigger than those at stadiums of five Major League Baseball teams.  Read more here.  View press release here.

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30th Season Celebration Highlights RailRiders’ 2019 Promo Schedule

PRESS RELEASE – With Opening Day fast approaching, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have announced their 2019 promotional schedule. The RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will celebrate 30 years of professional baseball in Northeast Pennsylvania during the upcoming season and the promotional highlights will revolve around that history.

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Fresno Grizzlies Unveil New Color Scheme, Logos and Uniforms

PRESS RELEASE – The Fresno Grizzlies have changed their primary logo(s), colors and uniforms, effective for the 2019 season. The new independent look for “Growlifornia” is part of a continued branding effort by the Grizzlies to be “Fresno and the Central Valley’s team.” The scarlet, black, gold and beige scheme will be the Fresno Grizzlies’ new permanent look.

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Talking Ballpark Design in Worcester

On Tuesday, Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) President Dr. Charles Steinberg, Paw Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino, ballpark designer Janet Marie Smith, and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., welcomed some of the other people who will sit around the ballpark-design table, including D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects and Sasaki Associates — leaders of the design effort for Polar Park and its surroundings. Read more here and here.

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OKC Dodgers Announce Improvements to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

PRESS RELEASE – As Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark gets ready for its 22nd season as the home of professional baseball in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Dodgers have announced a series of improvements and renovations to the facility for 2019 and beyond.

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A First Look at Wichita Ballpark Renderings

Wichita (KS) officials, along with architecture and construction firms, have unveiled new renderings of a new ballpark that will host the relocating, soon-to-be-renamed New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League). Read more and watch video here.

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Worcester Adds Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Expertise to Ballpark Design Team

Sasaki Associates is being brought on as part of the design team for Polar Park, the new baseball stadium that will be built in Worcester (MA) for the relocating Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League).  The firm has expertise in urban design and landscape architecture.  Read more here.

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Time to Name the New Wichita Team

Suggestions are now being taken to name the new Triple-A team that will begin playing in downtown Wichita (KS) in 2020.  Read more here.  Visit name-the-team site here.

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Seat Installation Underway at Las Vegas Ballpark

Three months before the first pitch is thrown at the new Las Vegas Ballpark, workers are finishing up construction on the stadium — installing the first AirFlow mesh seats on Friday. Read more here.

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Rainiers Fined for ‘Epic’ Roof Stunt

This past June, the Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) brought reindeer mascot Rhubarb and local icon “Epic Sax Gorilla” up onto the roof of Cheney Stadium, where the club plays, for a routine crowd-pleasing stunt.  Read more here.  Watch performance here.

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Ramping Up New Ballpark Utilities Work in Worcester

A significant amount of infrastructure work is planned in the Canal District, Kelley Square and Green Island in Worcester (MA) in the coming months to prepare for the construction of the new home of the Boston Red Sox’s top minor league team.  Read more here.

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Grant Awarded for Frontier Field Upgrades

Empire State Development has awarded Monroe County (NY) a $550,000 grant to help fund significant upgrades to Frontier Field in Rochester, home of the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A, International League).  Planned improvements include a 360-degree concourse, kids area, beer and wine garden, an expanded party space, and more.   Read more here.

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RailRiders Announce RailRiders University, Lecture Series

PRESS RELEASE – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are pleased to announce a free, six-part lecture series for parents of players registered for the upcoming Winter Camps at PNC Field.  RailRiders University is presented by Geisinger, who is proud to offer its expertise for these informative sessions in the home clubhouse at PNC Field.

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