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    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
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    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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    Triple-A Nashville Sounds Allowed To Sell Ballpark Naming Rights For First Time

    Published January 10, 2014

    The Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds' agreement with the city allows the team "to sell naming rights for the first time" for its new, downtown ballpark, according to Bradley George of WPLN-FM. The team's old ballpark "had to remain named after businessman Herschel Greer" after an attempt in the early '00s to "sell the rights on eBay ended as soon as then-Mayor Bill Purcell’s administration got word of it." Middle Tennessee State Univ. sports marketing professor Don Roy said that a naming-rights ...

    Tags: MiLB, Facilities
  • SBD Article

    Nashville Approves Ballpark For Triple-A Sounds, Leases To Team For 30 Years

    Published December 11, 2013

    The Nashville Metro Council yesterday "approved a $65 million financing plan" to build a new ballpark for the Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds, according to a front-page piece by Michael Cass of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. The council "voted 29-7 to issue municipal revenue bonds" to cover the planned $37M construction of a 10,000-capacity ballpark north of downtown, $23M in land acquisition costs and $5M in capitalized interest. Metro Finance Dir Rich Riebeling said that the city "plans to go to m...

    Tags: MiLB, Facilities
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    MLB Cardinals' Purchase Of Triple-A Memphis Redbirds Set For City Council Vote

    Published December 02, 2013

    The Memphis City Council tomorrow will vote on whether the city will take on $25M in debt "to buy AutoZone Park in a multiparty deal" that would also see the MLB Cardinals "take control" of the Triple-A PCL Memphis Redbirds, according to Kyle Veazey of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. The parties announced the deal in mid-November, but details "have been scarce until now." The $25M in debt, which would be issued by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp., includes $20M "to buy the park" from N.Y....

    Tags: Facilities, St. Louis Cardinals, MiLB
  • SBD Article

    Charlotte Knights' New BB&T Ballpark To Host '14 Triple-A Championship Game

    Published November 06, 2013

    ...the team's new BB&T Ballpark has been selected by MiLB "to host the 2014 Gildan Triple-A National Champi... " MiLB President & CEO Pat O'Connor:

    Tags: MiLB, Facilities
  • SBD Article

    You're The One: Akron MiLB Team Rebrands As RubberDucks, Honoring Local Industry

    Published October 30, 2013

    Akron's Double-A Eastern League team "has changed its name from the Aeros to the RubberDucks," a name that "pays tribute to the city’s rubber industry," according to a front-page piece by Rick Armon of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. The new brand is a "snarling black duck with a tire tread and flames shooting out of its head." Competing names "that didn’t make the cut" included Tire Jacks, Vulcans and Canal Rats. Team Owner Ken Babby after meeting with fans over the past year "concluded it was tim...

    Tags: Franchises, MiLB, Baseball
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    Triple-A Charlotte Knights Unveil New Logos With Gold, Silver Color Scheme

    Published October 25, 2013

     MILB. ...red 'A' emblazoned upon it." The current trend in MiLB is to "embrace cartoonish and overtly kid-friendl... ...ding it," representing baseball's nine positions (MILB.

    Tags: Franchises, MiLB
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