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MLB Facility Notes: Columnist Blames Ricketts For Lack Of Wrigley Renovations
Published April 10, 2013
GOING MOBILE: In Baltimore, Jack Lambert noted Oriole Park at Camden Yards will accept tickets "through Apple’s Passbook ticketing app in 2013, and the team has plans to possibly add mobile concessions in future seasons." The Orioles have "always trailed the Ravens when it comes to using their facility; big name athletic events, concerts and shows always seem to take place across the street at M&T Bank Stadium." But a "successful season from a stadium perspective could change that" (BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/5 issue).
NEW ON THE SCENE: The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE noted restaurateur Phil Pace debuted a new location "inside Petco Park." It is "in the corner of the centerfield bleachers next to Showley Bros Candy Factory." Petco also added Ballast Point Beer, which is "tucked behind the left field scoreboard" and was the park's "newest drinking hangout on opening day" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 4/9).
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS: In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reported future Triple-A PCL Las Vegas 51s Owner Steve Mack is "less than a month" away from closing on his $20M purchase of the team. Mack said that he will "lobby city, county and convention authority officials for help" in building a new $65M ballpark next to Red Rock Resort in Summerlin. He added that new ownership’s "biggest aim is winning support from the city of Las Vegas, Clark County and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to finance a new ballpark with 8,000 to 9,000 seats" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/7).