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Monday, February 25, 2019

Kansas City should talk about a downtown baseball stadium | The Kansas City Star

The whole editorial is pretty funny.

How close is this to the actual conversation?

Schulte: Hey, Mr. Glass. Do you have a problem with us handing over millions of taxpayer dollars to you?

Glass: How much can you give us? Give us some options.

Here’s the latest on the prospects for a downtown baseball stadium: Royals owner David Glass hasn’t ruled it out.

City Manager Troy Schulte said his conversations with Glass associates have left the door open to that possibility.

“He (Glass) is saying, `Give us some options,’” Schulte said. “He has not said no.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2019 at 10:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, stadium deals

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Stuart Sternberg: I should have been more aggressive in Rays stadium talks with Tampa

Next time hostages will be taken.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2019 at 07:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mets, St. Lucie County reportedly near agreement for stadium renovations

The Mets and St. Lucie (Florida) County are reportedly nearing an agreement to renovate First Data Field, where the Mets spend spring training, and keep the team there until 2042, according to the TC Palm’s Keona Gardner.

Amid a report last week that indicated the Mets could have “blown up” their stadium renovation deal, the two sides will bring forth a contract to county commissioners on Tuesday that outlines the renovation project, according to Gardner.

The project would cost $57 million, and the Mets will contribute $2 million, according to county documents obtained by Gardner.

Your periodic reminder that the stadium shakedown game extends to spring-training parks as well.

 

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, spring training, stadium deals

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New Oakland Ballpark plans released

Our ballpark at Howard Terminal, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), returns the baseball experience to the roots of the sport, while reimagining the ballpark anew. A “ballpark within a park,” the intimate stadium is nestled carefully into its urban surroundings.

To create the most intimate experience in baseball, plans call for a total capacity of around 34,000 - including fixed seats and general admission experience areas - to be arranged in the closest configuration possible to home plate, along with an elevated park that wraps and frames the bowl, coming down to meet the waterfront. The square block of the ballpark district will sit neatly within the extended urban fabric of Oakland, transforming the ballpark’s concourses into street, and concessions into restaurants. Diverse programming embedded within and around the ballpark will ensure the ballpark, and the park that sits atop it, are active on game days and non-game days alike.

The privately financed ballpark will anchor a new, vibrant waterfront district that will feature a mix of housing, including affordable housing, offices, restaurants, retail, small business space, parks and public gathering spaces.

I’m linking to the A’s publicity site, which includes drawings of the stadium and what they’d plan to do with the Coliseum afterwards.  Not a local, but I like amibitious ideas like this, especially with the “privately financed” part (knowing full well there’s still all sorts of tax breaks and what-not also included).


 

 

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