MLB Facility Notes: Columnist Blames Ricketts For Lack Of Wrigley Renovations
In Chicago, Matt Abbatacola wrote Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts is the "one person to blame ... for the fiasco that is the 'Wrigley Field Renovation Project.'" Ricketts "had the necessary money in his own pocket to renovate Wrigley Field." He "never needed state funding to repair and remodel the now 99-year-old building" (CHICAGO.CBSLOCAL.com, 4/9). Meanwhile, MLB.com's Terrence Moore wrote when it "comes to making changes" to Wrigley Field, the new "shouldn't strangle the old." Cubs P Jeff Samardzija said, "I don't think you have to necessarily tear the whole thing down and start new in these situations. There's a certain way of keeping that old feeling and that old mystique relevant and still finding ways to make it nice and up to date in a new age" (MLB.com, 4/9).
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).