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City commits additional spending on Hoover Met; concerts now target

Seeking to diversify the offerings at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the local city council pledged $352,000 in additional facility improvements, including a big electrical-system upgraded needed to attract big-time musical tours. All in all, the city has authorized $1.5 million in ballpark upgrades since the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) moved to a new downtown […]

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Wausau’s Athletic Park set for renovations

Athletic Park, home of the Wisconsin Woodchucks (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) and a classic Civilian Conservation Corps facility, is set for renovation the next five years. The $2.7 million plan, to be funded by team owner Mark Macdonald, calls for a renovated grandstand with suites and updated concessions. The area around the ballpark will be […]

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Simmons Field lease approved for Northwoods League team

The summer-collegiate Northwoods League could return to Simmons Field in 2014, as the Kenosha Parks Commission approves a lease with the owners of the Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The ballpark is the former home to the Kenosha Twins (Low Class A; Midwest League), the Kenosha Mammoths (independent; Frontier League) and the Kenosha Kroakers […]

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Martinsville looks to outsource Mustangs management

Martinsville officials are looking to outsource management of the Martinsville Mustangs (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League), as the city works to decrease the amount of taxpayer money spent on the team. The issue: the desire to keep the team versus the desire to reduce money spent on the franchise. The Mustangs perpetually lose money: Martinsville […]

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New CCU ballpark will open in 2014

A new $10.5 million ballpark at Coastal Carolina University has been delayed until 2014 after athletic-department officials run into some budgetary issues. The plan is to build a new ballpark to replace small and aging Watson Stadium, which features only 850 seats. The new ballpark, built as part of a baseball/softball complex, would feature 2,500 […]

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Coeur d’Alene, WCL talking team in 2014

The summer-collegiate West Coast League is talking with the organizers of a proposed Coeur d’Alene ballpark about bringing a team to Idaho for the 2014 season. We’ve written about this project before; former Yankees great Don Larsen is leading a fundraising drive for a new Cherry Hill Park ballpark. What has changed: a $2.5-million, 800-seat facility has been […]

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Northwoods League inks sponsorship with Evolve Beverages

The summer-collegiate Northwoods League has signed a sponsorship deal making Evolve Beverages the circuit’s official energy drink for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. “We are excited to be associated and to partner with Evolve Beverages in promoting their innovative product line,” said Northwoods League President Dick Radatz, Jr. “By strategically partnering with the established […]

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