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Barons begin construction of HD videoboard

The construction of Regions Field continues, reports the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League), with today’s highlight the beginning of construction of the ballpark’s new high-def videoboard. We’re looking forward to seeing the new ballpark this coming season. So are the local citizens, apparently, as the ballpark is already attracting lots of attention from both […]

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New Hanover County won’t assist new Wilmington ballpark — yet

Perhaps waiting to see if there’s political support for a new downtown Wilmington (N.C.) ballpark, New Hanover County commissioners decided to wait on any financial backing for the project — for now. The hotly contested issue will be before voters this fall, as the city and Mandalay Baseball Properties are negotiating a deal to bring […]

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St. Paul council to vote on state ballpark-funding request

The St. Paul City Council is expected to unanimously approve a request of state funding for a new St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) ballpark today. The city will put together a funding request for $27 million from a $47.5 million economic-development fund overseen by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This would cover half […]

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Ballparks and economic development: Still a contentious issue

Are we seeing more evidence that ballpark construction is indeed an economic catalyst? Two recent case studies in Toledo and Washington provide some compelling arguments for the proposition. Today The Atlantic looks at Fifth Third Field, the home of the Toledo Mud Hens (Class AAA; International League), and how it’s providing some $50 million in […]

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Charlotte outlines ballpark funding plan

A Charlotte (N.C.) City Council committee will debate today a proposal to help fund a new Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League) Uptown ballpark, contingent on the team arranging private financing. The plan, to be discussed today by the council’s economic development committee, calls for $9 million to be paid to the team after 2015, with half […]

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