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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editorial: PawSox fiasco - Opinion - - Providence, RI

This is the oldest ownership ploy in the book. You can’t extort a community without an option, whether the option is truly viable or not.

The new owners — several of whom have Rhode Island connections — have made plain they will not keep the franchise at McCoy Stadium, an outmoded park in a gritty industrial neighborhood of Pawtucket. Are Worcester or Springfield, medium-sized cities in Massachusetts, options? We have our doubts. Greater Providence remains one of AAA baseball’s best markets.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, stadium deals, stadiums

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MLB Beer Prices

$7.75 will get you a thimble full of warm Budweiser at Fenway.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:45 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: concessions, stadiums

Friday, April 24, 2015

For ballpark design, it could be different game in future - Chicago Tribune

Seats with touchscreen monitors? Sorry but what is this guy smoking? There is barely room (and sometimes no room) for cup holders. With smartphones, why would you even need a monitor?

Nor does NYU sports business professor Robert Boland. But he can envision seats with touchscreen monitors being installed, giving spectators access to the producer’s feed from the truck along with more statistics and maybe even bringing gambling to the stands.

“Or some sort of interactive community where (you can say) ‘the next pitch will be’ or the ‘next hit will be,’” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Thousands gather to celebrate Astrodome’s 50th birthday

The Astrodome’s 50th Birthday party was supposed to wrap up by 8 p.m. Thursday, but so many people wanted to take a peek inside the Dome the county left the gates open until 8:15.

By 10 p.m., people were still waiting as the lines were still wrapped around the Dome as people waited to get inside.

People came from far and wide to see the Eighth Wonder of the World. Organizers say approximately 23,000 people turned out.

Kiley Burton and his son, Brady, shared the driving duties, making a long-awaited pilgrimage from their hometown of Prescott to tour the most famous building in Houston’s history.

“Sounds pretty crazy,” Brady admitted. “But you got to do what you got to do to go back in the dome one more time.”

kthejoker Posted: April 09, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, history, houston, stadiums



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