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Braves break ground, announce name
On the same day that the Atlanta Braves conducted a ground-breaking ceremony for their new ballpark, they also announced that its name will be SunTrust Park. The financial services firm, based in Atlanta, agreed to a 25-year naming-rights deal. The team also released renderings that show more detail (courtesy of The Braves).
Award ceremony for BOTY
The presentation of the plaque for the 2014 Ballpark Of The Year occured on August 28, during the El Paso Chihuahuas' game against Salt Lake. Southwest University Park has had a tremendous year of great games, big crowds and some of the best concessions in the Minors. This award is icing on an already successful cake! See photos from the ceremony here.
Big League ballpark notes
Shakespeare is coming to Fenway Park ... The Astrodome, the now-vacant former home of the Astros, has been in the news. A proposal to convert it into the world's largest indoor park is being debated, while an intriguing plan to create a farmers market has also been suggested ... I'm overjoyed that Cleveland's League Park, once the home of the Indians, has received $6.3 million in renovations. It had fallen into an awful state of disrepair ... The owners of the rooftoops across the street from Wrigley Field (left) have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the Cubs' plans to renovate the 100-year-old ballpark, including the erection of signs that will block much of the view from the rooftops ... Although they won't release the cost, the Indians announced that major renovations will be made to Progressive Field. About 7,000 seats will be removed, and a new entryway and group spaces will be added.
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