Double-A Missions Unveil New Logos, Uniforms Hartford OKs Rock Cats Ballpark Proposal MiLB Attendance Up From '13 Season Knights Top MiLB Attendance With New Ballpark Triple-A Bisons To Renovate Downtown Ballpark Hartford Withdraws Rock Cats Stadium Proposal Knights Break Season Attendance Record Hartford To Build $60M Ballpark For Double-A Team MiLB Partners With Pep Boys MiLB Merch Draws $55.4M In Sales In '13
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SBD Article Published November 21, 2014
The Double-A Texas League San Antonio Missions "unveiled Thursday a new logo and uniforms that incorporate the pride" felt locally toward the Alamo, according to Tom Orsborn of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. The team's logo and uniform change, which was designed by San Diego-based Brandiose, "is the club's first" since '94. The Missions' colors as part of the redesign "change from black and gold to midnight blue, Texas sandstone and freedom red." The new colors are "more in keeping with the lo...
SBD Article Published October 16, 2014
Hartford City Council on Tuesday approved the $350M "sweeping development plan to bring housing, retail, a brewery and a 9,000-spectator minor league ballpark to long-vacant land north of downtown," according to Jenna Carlesso of the HARTFORD COURANT. Six city council members voted in favor of the plan and three abstained, "capping four months of public debate." Some council members said that the project, which would bring the Double-A Eastern League New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford, is a "s...
SBD Article 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.
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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).
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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...
SBD Article 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 ...