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Volume 25 No. 196
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Facility Notes

In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson notes the MLB Rangers have "opened a sales office in the vacated home" of the team's HOF inside Globe Life Park. Inside is a "scale model of Globe Life Field, Texas Live! and the Loews hotel." The ballpark portion of the model "includes a retractable roof that moves as it will when the real deal opens" for the start of the '20 season. The Rangers "continue to insist that no decision has been made on whether to have natural grass or a synthetic surface" at the new ballpark (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/28).

OPTIONS ABOUND: In Providence, Mark Patinkin noted after the Triple-A Int'l League Pawtucket Red Sox announced their move to Worcester, Mass, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has "heard informal pitches from one Single-A baseball team, and three independents" about using McCoy Stadium. Grebien has also "heard from minor-league soccer teams and entertainment companies wanting to bring performances there." However, for any of that to happen, McCoy, which is the "oldest Triple-A park by decades, first needs to be renovated." Grebien said that "other ideas are on the table" for discussion, including "tearing down McCoy" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 11/25).

IT'S BO-TIME: In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg reported Bojangles Coliseum has a "new 10-year naming rights agreement worth twice as much as the previous agreement." In a new deal set to begin Jan. 1, Charlotte-based fast-food chain Bojangles "agreed to pay $240,000" next year to keep its name on the 8,300-seat arena (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/26). The AHL Charlotte Checkers are the primary tenants at Bojangles Coliseum (THE DAILY).