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  • SBD Article

    MiLB Attendance Boosted By New Stadiums For Triple-A Teams In Charlotte, El Paso

    Published September 16, 2014 by Austin Karp

    There were 63 more games for MiLB this season compared to ’13, as last season saw a... The IL led all MiLB leagues with an average of 7,269 fans per game,... Perhaps the biggest story among MiLB clubs was the jump for the Charlotte Knights. ...town ballpark vaulted the club to No. 1 among all MiLB clubs with an average of 9,686 fans per game in... The club ranked 15th in all of MiLB after finishing last in the PCL in ’13.

    Tags: Research and Ratings, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    Charlotte Knights Top All MiLB Teams In Attendance During First Season At BB&T Ballpark

    Published September 02, 2014

    The Triple-A Int'l League Charlotte Knights yesterday wrapped up their first season at the new BB&T Ballpark drawing a total of 687,715 fans, the "most in the minors" this season and "more than twice the amount (254,834) that visited Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C., in 2013," according to Seth Lakso of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Yesterday's finale against the Gwinnett Braves drew the 31st sellout of the season (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/2). In Charlotte, David Perlmutt in a front-page piece repor...

    Tags: MiLB, Franchises
  • SBD Article

    Triple-A Buffalo Bisons To Begin Multiyear Ballpark Renovation This Offseason

    Published August 27, 2014

    The Triple-A Int'l League Buffalo Bisons on Friday announced that they are "embarking on a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renovation plan" of their downtown ballpark, with Phase I "consisting of the installation of 3,700 new seats in the special reserved sections from dugout to dugout," according to Mike Harrington of the BUFFALO NEWS. The project "will begin the day after" the team's season ends and "will take two to three months." The city of Buffalo is "footing the $758,000 bill." Bisons P...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    Hartford Officials Withdraw $60M Proposal To Fund Downtown Rock Cats Stadium

    Published July 14, 2014

    Hartford city officials have "backed away from a proposal" to bond up to $60M for a new stadium north of downtown for the Double-A Eastern League Rock Cats' move from New Britain, saying that they will instead "seek a private partner to finance much of the project," according to Vanessa De La Torre of the HARTFORD COURANT. In a letter to the city council on Friday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra "formally withdrew the resolution that faced loud opposition from a group of taxpayers -- and some f...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    New Ballpark Helps Triple-A Charlotte Knights Break All-Time Season Attendance Record

    Published July 07, 2014

    The Triple-A Int'l League Charlotte Knights through July 5 have seen a "record-breaking" 429,133 fans attend games at the club's new downtown BB&T Ballpark, eclipsing the club's "previous season attendance record" set in '93 when the Knights game were still playing in Fort Mill, S.C., according to Gavin Off of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The team has "sold out 22 of 45 games so far this season" at its new 10,200-seat ballpark (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/6). Knights Exec VP & COO Dan Rajkowski on Tuesd...

    Tags: Franchises, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    Hartford Lures Double-A Baseball To City With $60M Ballpark Set To Open In '16

    Published June 05, 2014

    More than a year of “secret talks culminated” yesterday as the city of Hartford “agreed to build” a $60M ballpark and lease it for 25 years to the Double-A Eastern League New Britain Rock Cats, according to a front-page piece by Carlesso, Lender & Stacom of the HARTFORD COURANT. Mayor Pedro Segarra said, “This stadium will greatly expand our central business district and will also enable us to reconnect with north Hartford -- a community that greatly needs an infusion of jobs and opportunitie...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    Minor League Baseball Partners With Pep Boys On First National Sponsorship Deal

    Published May 16, 2014

    ...t you there" theme, will be activated in targeted MiLB markets and clubs across the country this season... ...nnouncements, print advertisements and couponing (MiLB).

    Tags: MiLB, Pep Boys, Marketing and Sponsorship
  • SBD Article

    MiLB Merchandise Sales Fueled By New Names In '13, Including Hops, RailRiders, Fightin Phils

    Published May 06, 2014

    MiLB yesterday announced its list of the top 25 teams... ...nline sales increased 27% from the previous year (MiLB). ...nce '07, took on the new nickname in '13 and made MiLB’s top 25 list "for the first time since that firs... Since MiLB began tracking sales in '93, "101 different clubs...

    Tags: MiLB, Marketing and Sponsorship
  • SBD Article

    Matching Pitch: First Tennessee Bank, Nashville Sounds Strike Ballpark Naming-Rights Deal

    Published April 23, 2014

    Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank and the Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds yesterday announced a 10-year naming-rights agreement to the team's new ballpark slated to open in '15, with "options to extend the deal an additional 10 years," according to Nick Cole of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sounds Owner Frank Ward said that there are "no buyout clauses built into the agreement." Vanderbilt economics professor John Vrooman said that recent stadium...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    MiLB Ballpark Notes: Winston-Salem Approves New Financing For BB&T Ballpark

    Published April 08, 2014

    In Winston-Salem, John Hinton reports the City Council last night "unanimously approved a new financial deal" for BB&T Ballpark that "will not include any taxpayer money." The White Sox under the deal's provisions will pay $8M to "buy into" the Single-A Carolina League Winston-Salem Dash. The new money will "be used to pay off outstanding team loans as well as paying down" part of a short-term $15M construction loan that the team secured in '09. The team will use $2M to "reduce that debt" to ...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    City Of St. Paul, Developer Ryan Cos. Reach Agreement On $43.8M Downtown Ballpark

    Published March 07, 2014

    The city of St. Paul and local developer Ryan Cos. have "signed off" on a $43.8M contract to construct the independent St. Paul Saints' downtown ballpark, with Ryan "responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials," according to Kevin Duchschere of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The ballpark will be owned by the city and "is expected to be ready for the Saints' opening day" in May '15. Ryan Cos. will be paid $3.48M "for overseeing the project." St. Paul Parks & Recreation Depart...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    Salt Lake Bees Ink Ballpark Naming-Rights Deal With Regional Supermarket Chain

    Published March 06, 2014

    Salt Lake City-based Smith's Food & Drug Stores yesterday announced a "new multiyear partnership with Miller Sports Properties for the exclusive naming rights" for the Triple-A PCL Salt Lake Bees' ballpark, according to Tom Smart of the DESERET NEWS. The ballpark's name under the six-year agreement "will be changed from Spring Mobile Ballpark to Smith's Ballpark." Smith's, a division of Kroger Co., will also receive "exclusive sponsorship and advertising rights and prominent signage on the st...

    Tags: Facilities, MiLB
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