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Moreno Says Angels Must Address Number Of Issues At 45-Year-Old Ballpark
Published March 29, 2011
NO MOVEMENT ON RAYS BALLPARK: In St. Petersburg, Marc Topkin noted there has been "very little public discussion anywhere" about Rays Owner Stuart Sternberg's efforts to "get a new stadium for the Rays in the Tampa Bay area." Sternberg suggested that there has been "some slight progress." But there "seemingly won't be any real movement until either St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster allows the Rays to look at sites outside the city limits, as they've requested, or, conceivably, a plan is presented that works in the city and they accept it." There is a "sense that a clock, somewhere in MLB's New York offices, is ticking." Sternberg: "It seems clearer to me by the day that we're going to be the last man standing. And everything I know, and talking to these guys, baseball is just not going to stand for it anymore. And they'll find a place for me. They won't find a place here though" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/27).
NEW LOOK BALLPARK: In Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks reported the D'Backs are "gearing up for opening day of the 2011 baseball season with a number of upgrades and enhancements at Chase Field and a new pricing system for fans buying single-game tickets." The ballpark's retractable roof "has been recoated, painted and adorned with new Chase Field logos," and AT&T and the team "have installed more technology at the stadium to improve Wi-Fi hookups." In June, the D'Backs hope to "add a remote ordering system," allowing fans to "order concessions from their seats and then pick them up via an express line." The D'Backs also have "renovated outfield party suites and added more space by taking out some kitchen and pantry areas." D'Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall said that the team "has faced some challenges selling those party suites in recent seasons, but he's seeing more interest in the revamped boxes" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/25).