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2014 Best New Ballpark: Southwest University Park

A ballpark should be more than just a ballpark: it should be designed to be an integral part of the community. With distinct neighborhoods and design decisions that tied the ballpark’s look into historic downtown El Paso, Southwest University Park is Best New Ballpark of the Year in the 2014 annual awards from Ballpark Digest. […]

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Fort Wayne TinCaps

2014 Team of the Year: Fort Wayne TinCaps

After six years, most minor-league baseball teams start to lose some steam, but we’re seeing the opposite at Parkview Field, where the Fort Wayne TinCaps are setting attendance records and becoming more entrenched in the local community. That makes the TinCaps Team of the Year in our annual awards. (more…)

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Durham Bulls Athletic Park

2014 Ballpark Renovation Over $2M: Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park was already a must-visit for any baseball fan: the iconic ballpark is the heart of baseball in North Carolina. That experience was upgraded smartly in 2014 with a $20-million renovation, a thoughtful effort that earns DPAP and the Durham Bulls recognition for Best Ballpark Renovation over $2 Million in the 2014 […]

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Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish

2014 Ballpark Renovation Under $2M: Simmons Field

If there is a model for a historic and fun renovation for a ballpark, it’s the 2014 makeover of Simmons Field, which was transformed into the home of the Kenosha Kingfish (summer collegiate; Northwoods League). Preserving the historic grandstand and playing field while adding some whimsical touches led to a renaissance of baseball in the […]

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2014 Best New Food Item: The Big Apple

Five pounds of apple crisp, apple dumplings, ice cream and caramel, all served up in a batting helmet. What baseball fan could possibly pass up on such a treat? For serving such a delight at the ballpark, the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ BIG APPLE was named Best New Food Item in the annual awards from Ballpark […]

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Salute to Selfies, Kalamazoo Growlers

2014 Summer-Collegiate Promo: Kalamazoo Growlers

Who doesn’t want to see their smiling face on a baseball jersey? When the Kalamazoo Growlers sought to make a mark in their first season in the Northwoods League, team management came up with an imaginative Salute to Selfie promotion that put fan faces on game jerseys. For that, the Growlers are recognized for Best […]

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Big Top Baseball

2014 Organization of the Year: Big Top Baseball

Running two baseball teams is enough of a challenge for the best of organizations. So when Big Top Baseball, already successful with ownership of the Madison Mallards and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, decided to launch a new Kenosha team and take over operations in Green Bay, many bad things could have happened – but they […]

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