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Wrigley At 100: Ballpark Remains One Of Ultimate MLB Cathedrals, But Changes Coming

04 / 23 / 14

Wrigley Field turns 100 years old today with its "status as one of baseball's ultimate cathedrals secure," according to Nick Piecoro in a special to USA TODAY. Wrigley's "appeal has always been in the day-to-day moments of the game ... rather than its jewel events." The park has had its "share of ch...

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Osceola Hopes To Keep Astros For Spring Training

Osceola County (Fla.) Stadium Sports Facility Manager Don Miers yesterday said that the county would be "open to making improvements to keep the Astros from moving their Spring Training operations to another location when their lease expires" in '16, according to Brian McTaggert of MLB.com. Miers sa ...

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Nationals Open Nearly $18M Youth Baseball Academy

The Nationals' Youth Baseball Academy "is finally open," as the "ambitious, gleaming building that cost nearly $18 million welcomed its first class of children three weeks ago and will be officially unveiled Saturday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the Nationals’ exhibition game" against t ...

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Facility Notes

In Louisville, Gregory Hall notes despite one of the "worst Louisville winters in recent memory," improvements at Churchill Downs are "set to be finished in time for Opening Night on April 26." The new $12M video board, which will have a 15,224-square-foot screen, "already towers over the backstretc ...

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Bills Unveil Details Of Stadium Upgrades

Media members yesterday "got a behind-the-scenes peek" at the "improvements that are under way" at Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to T.J. Pignataro of the BUFFALO NEWS. The tour was given just "hours before news broke" of Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr.’s death . The project was negotiated ...

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Beckham Lobbies For Proposed MLS Stadium

David Beckham "hasn't given up on the idea of state subsidies" for his proposed MLS stadium in Miami, and to prove it, he traveled yesterday to Tallahassee to "meet with Gov. Rick Scott, along with House and Senate leaders," according to Kathleen McGrory of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Beckham said the meet ...

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Patriot Place Expansion Underway

Plans are "underway for more expansion at Patriot Place, including the construction of a second hotel" adjacent to the shopping area, according to Paul Kenyon of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. The new hotel was "part of a proposal submitted by the Kraft Group, which runs the facility, to the Foxboro planni ...

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Sonoma Looks To Expand Operations

Sonoma Raceway "will seek permission to hold non-racing events" at the track, seeking to host a "four-day rock festival as a way to refresh its operations and restore some lost revenue," according to Jeremy Hay of the Santa Rosa PRESS DEMOCRAT. Track President & GM Steve Page said that the facil ...

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Bears Not Planning Soldier Field Expansion

Bears President Ted Phillips yesterday said that there "aren’t any plans in place to expand Soldier Field, which has the smallest seating capacity in the NFL," according to Adam Jahns of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel "hasn't hid his desire to host the Super Bowl," and after ...

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TWC Arena Needs Upgrades For ASG Chance

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday said he would “love to bring the All-Star Game back” to Charlotte for the first time since ’91, but “some upgrades” to the city-owned Time Warner Cable Arena are needed in order for the venue to be considered. Silver prior to last ...

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MLS, Univ. Of Miami In Talks On Stadium

MLS, David Beckham's group and the Univ. of Miami are "seriously exploring having a joint stadium," as the league and the school "are in 'active discussions,'" according to a source cited by Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. The league said that it is "still about 60 days from knowing whether a joi ...

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