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What’s on tap for Ballpark Digest

Ballpark DigestWe have some travel and some changes on tap for Ballpark Digest in coming weeks, as we prep for the upcoming baseball season.

We’ve been working on changes to Ballpark Digest and will be implementing them sometime over the next month, probably over the course of a weekend. Most of the changes are under the hood, but they’re mostly designed to accomplish on big goal: improving performance during peak times. Last month we set a record for page views — some 835,249 in February, a mark that should be surpassed in March — and we’ve noticed site performance could be improved in peak times.

That means moving the site to the cloud for better performance and revamping/updating many of our back-end tools to newest versions. We’re doing this for all our sites, including Arena Digest, Yellowstone Insider, Spring Training Online, Green Sports Venues, Grand Teton Insider and our main August Publications site.

The site will look slightly different; the front page will be a little flashier, and the ballpark listings will be augmented by maps and seating charts.

We’re also leaping back into the book field, both with reissues of older titles (like Homer) and new titles. Watch for that news in coming days.

Site updates will also slow down a little in the next two weeks, as we take on the site overhaul, launch the book line, hit the road for the remainder of spring training and spend time with our families during Easter break. Our schedule: April 1, Atlanta at Champion Stadium (1:05 p.m.), April 2, Boston at JetBlue Park (1:35 p.m.), Baltimore at Ed Smith Stadium (6:05 p.m); April 3, Toronto (1:05 p.m.), USF (7 p.m.); April 4, New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field (1:05 p.m.); and April 5, opening of new Pensacola Blue Wahoos ballpark (7:05 p.m.).


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