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Below are our summaries from 2009. Note that the links no longer take you to representations of our home page from that week. (Here are the summaries from 2008.)
- January 10, 2009 -- We continued our series on new ballparks opening in 2009 with a look at the new park for Winston-Salem; we provided convenient links to all of our year-end pages (The Ballpark Year In Pictures, all 2008 blog entries, etc.); Kauffman Stadium's renovations were viewed by members of the media; ballpark-designing heavyweights HOK announced they'd spun off their sports-facilities unit into its own business entity; five finalists were picked by Lee County FL to design a new facility for the Red Sox to conduct spring training; the Rays, coming off their AL pennant, announced seven sites around the Tampa-Bay area that would be suitable for new ballparks; an NHL hockey game was played at Wrigley Field on New Year's Day.
- January 15, 2009 -- More on parks opening this year, this time focusing on Ft. Wayne's new Parkview Field; the New York State Assembly is holding hearings on the public financing of new Yankee Stadium, and the rhetoric is intense; it appears HOK and a consortium of other designers will get the nod to create the Red Sox' new spring complex in Lee County, FL; the Indians were sued by their old spring home in Winter Haven.
- January 21, 2009 -- We featured another park making its debut in 2009 -- this time, the new spring park for the Indians in Goodyear, AZ; although there has been a little more mention recently of a new ballpark for Bakersfield, the community is quite apathetic regarding their current park's pathetic condition; the Orioles and Lee County, FL are inching closer to a long-term deal for the team to hold spring training in Ft. Myers starting in 2012; problems with the A's desired site for a new ballpark in Fremont has prompted the team to look at other possible sites; an arm of the city government in New York City approved additional bonds for the construction costs of the new stadiums for the Mets and Yanks.
- February 3, 2009 -- The next new park we featured was the Rays' new spring home in Port Charlotte; we posted a new Photo Album of the eight parks in the beautiful Pioneer League; facing a recession and a market that has gone crazy for its football team, the Diamondbacks are struggling to sell tickets for Chase Field this year; amid much hoopla, the Yankees moved their team offices into new Yankee Stadium; the Twins showed their fans what the actual seats in new Target Field will look like; Wrigley Field and the team that plays in it will soon have a new owner; the list of possible sites for a new spring training complex for the Red Sox has been shortened.
- February 10, 2009 -- This week we focusing on Citi Field, which will open in two months. It's been in the news as many have criticized the naming-rights deal with Citigroup; we highlighted the Caribbean World Series that is happening in Mexicali, whose ballpark we featured in 2004; speaking of Mexico, a regular-season Mexican League game will be played in Dodger Stadium on May 16; Casa Grande, AZ is positioning itself as a future spring-training site; the Twins hired a head groundskeeper for the first time in decades; rumors abound that the 2011 All Star Game will be played in Phoenix.
- February 15, 2009 -- As we continue to focus on each new park that will be opening this season, we highlighted Huntington Park in Columbus, which is facing some criticism for its naming-rights deal; the Twins new park will have a $9-million plaza connecting it to downtown Minneapolis; there was a lot of news about a new retractable-roof stadium for the Marlins, but in the end, the votes necessary for it to move forward failed to materialize; the A's have just about given up hope on their original site for constructing Cisco Field, and their second choice in Fremont has met with stiff local opposition. San Jose could still end up with the A's.
- February 26, 2009 -- Ft. Wayne's new Parkview Field welcomed its first occupants, as the front office of the Tin Caps moved in; local community groups are up in arms that three major concerts will be held at Wrigley Field in July; just when it appeared that the final votes needed to move forward on the Marlins' new stadium would be held, a new lawsuit was filed against the county and city; Lee County, FL is hearing presentations from nine groups wanting to provide the land for a new spring complex for the Red Sox; the last remaining part of Shea Stadium was leveled this week; the Twins announced that a new plaza will connect downtown Minneapolis and Target Field.
- March 3, 2009 -- All three new spring-training parks opened this week. In Arizona, Goodyear and Glendale saw their first action, and in Port Charlotte, FL the Rays moved into their new digs; there are now four finalists for the site for the new Red Sox spring complex; Federal money may soon be available to help fund restorations at Tiger Stadium; Bank of America has pulled out of a deal to be a major naming sponsor at new Yankee Stadium; a new lawsuit as well as insider bickering is holding up a final vote on a new stadium for the Marlins.
- March 8, 2009 -- We featured Kauffman Stadium and its $250 million renovation; the last of the three new spring ballparks opened, as the White Sox and Dodgers faced off in Glendale; in just 45 minutes, the Mets sold out two exhibition games against Boston at new Citi Field; a swing vote on the Marlins new stadium might be moving toward voting yes; money for the restoration of Tiger Stadium survived an amendment to chop it out of the massive Congressional spending bill.
- March 20, 2009 -- Our detailed review of Port Charlotte's rebuilt ballpark was posted; we featured a lengthy piece in USA Today that examined sagging ticket sales in spring training, and what that could mean for the regular season; the city commissioners in Miami have now approved the new stadium for the Marlins, meaning the county holds the future of the park in their hands; a day after the Mets put single-game tickets on sale, they reported that over 2 million tix have been sold; with Fremont out of the running to be the site of a new park for the A's, San Jose and Oakland look like the only suitors; in June we will start receiving preliminary reports about sites for a new park for the Rays.
- March 24, 2009 -- In advance of posting detailed reviews of the new Glendale and Goodyear ballparks, a head-to-head comparison was provided; Nebraska's legislature wants to know why the Omaha Royals can't play at the new College World Series park currently under construction in Omaha; the Yankees announced details on concession offerings at their new park; tickets for single games at new Yankee Stadium finally went on sale following three different pre-sales.
- March 29, 2009 -- Winston-Salem's new ballpark will not be ready by opening day; the Marlins are celebrating like they've won another World Series, because they've now received all governmental approvals to start construction on their new park; the first game ever at Citi Field in NYC was between two college teams; the Red Sox announced a number of "fun friendly" features at Fenway for this season; the Yankees paid the city government $10 million to be able to sell all salvageable pieces of old Yankee Stadium; the A's are now fully trageting San Jose for a new park, but the Giants own that territory; several teams announced they are holding the line on concession prices for 2009, and one will have $1 stands; many are unhappy with the lack of reasonably priced seats for Yankee games this year; after much work and hand-wringing, Bank of America agreed to continue sponsorship activities at the Yanks' new park that they'd had in previous years.
- April 11, 2009 -- New York City is the place where $2.3 billion worth of new ballparks are opening up, and USA Today devoted a huge article to the parks' costs and controversies; we posted our in-depth review of Goodyear, Arizona's new ballpark; the Marlins received final confirmation regarding the financing of their new stadium; many positive reviews of the Mets' new Citi Field are pouring in; HOK Sport, the biggest name in sports architecture, is now known as Populous.
- April 18, 2009 -- The Round Rock Express honored former player Mike Coolbaugh, who died in 2007 when he was struck by a foul line drive; American Airlines' inflight magazine provided an article on visiting all 30 MLB parks; Chase Field was awarded the 2011 All Star Game.
- April 21, 2009 -- New parks and more new parks: Bowling Green, Gwinnett County, Ft. Wayne, Reno and Columbus all opened their brand-new stadiums; reviews have been pouring in on new Yankee Stadium; Dodgertown might soon get new life, but it won't be a spring-training tenant; Lee County is getting closer to picking a final site for the new Red Sox springtime complex, but locals are vocal in their opposition to the cheapest location.
- April 28, 2009 -- We posted our in-depth review of Glendale's mammoth Camelback Ranch; the Winston-Salem Dash announced that their new ballpark won't be done any time soon; a 100-year-old bat boy worked a game at Fenway; the New York Times compared the opulence of new Yankee Stadium to the cramped Fenway Park; USA Today examined all of the empty premium seats in the Bronx; the team then announced price cuts on those seats; NPR quoted me in a piece on new Yankee Stadium; the FBI is investigating the site-selection process for a new spring-training complex for the Red Sox.
- May 7, 2009 -- The renovated Kauffman Stadium is now open for business, and our photo essay shows 20 shots of its new features; the new 2009 Baseball Travel Map is now available; the Dodgers won 13 stratight at Dodger Stadium to start the season, a record; the site for a new spring-training complex for the Red Sox was selected in Ft. Myers; over a month into the season, the Mets finally put single-game tickets on sale for games in June through September; the Yankees dropped prices on the ultra-expensive seats near the backstop, and the New York Times made fun of the move.
- May 12, 2009 -- The Federal Reserve Bank publishes a magazine, and it featured an article on the economic impact of new Minor League parks; numerous players used pink bats on Mother's Day; the Yankees announced plans to sell thousands of items of memorabilia from old Yankee Stadium; the Marlins' now play in Land Shark Stadium; the Dodgers failed to win their 14th straight game at Dodger Stadium to begin the 2009 season; Jamie Moyer set a record when he pitched in his 47th different big-league ballpark; home runs are flying out of new Yankee Stadium at a record pace.
- May 17, 2009 -- Our (very) in-depth review of Columbus' new Huntington Park was posted; a wonderful book on fallen baseball lifer Mike Coolbaugh was released; the Diamondbacks and Rockies are looking at moving their spring-training operations out of Tucson and into the Phoenix metro area; the Orioles are moving toward an agreement to train in Ft. Myers; USA Today examined which MLB teams are lagging behind in attendance and why; a small newspaper offered lower-cost alternatives to going to high-priced big-league games.
- May 26, 2009 -- We posted another in-depth review, this time of the new Triple-A ballpark in Gwinnett County, Georgia; it appears the Eastern League will move into Richmond's Diamond in 2010, even though the city has yet to formalize a plan for a badly needed new park; the city of Glendale has yet to finalize agreements with developers, the city of Phoenix and the state regarding funds to help pay off bonds used to build their new spring training complex; Minor League Baseball has signed a five-year lease to operate Dodgertown in Vero Beach; preservationists are pushing the Yankees and the city of New York to preserve Gate 2 of the old Stadium; a woman needed security guards to extricate herself from a toilet in Citi Field.
- June 1, 2009 -- A Grand Slam Enterprises exclusive: note cards carrying beautiful photos of big league ballparks; it's time for the annual voting for favorite minor league sports facility, food and promotions; start times for post-season games is being debated; a great tutorial on photographing baseball games; the staggering number of HRs flying out of Yankee Stadium is hurting Yankee pitchers.
- June 16, 2009 -- We posted our detailed review of Fort Wayne's new Parkview Field; Corpus Christi's Whataburger Field finished as the favorite minor-league venue for the second year in a row in Minor League News' reader survey; a new committee to assess public opinion on a ballpark for the A's in San Jose held its first meeting; all of the structural steel in Minneapolis' Target Field is in place; the remaining portions of Tiger Stadium are now being demolished after a judge refused to block it.
- June 30, 2009 -- Construction will begin again at Winston-Salem's unfinished ballpark now that the city has stepped forward to bail out the owner of the Dash, who mismanaged the funding to complete the park; we posted our photo essay on all of the renovations at Visalia's Recreation Ballpark; just as the Diamondbacks and Rockies announce that 2010 will be the last spring training that they will conduct in Tucson, Arizona's legislature passes a measure to authorize an election to increase taxes to fund new spring-training facilities in Tucson; San Jose will have no vote on a new stadium for the A's until 2010; a new injunction was requested to halt the planning for a new stadium for the Marlins.
- July 5, 2009 -- Forbes Field opened in Pittsburgh on June 30, 1909. The city honored the 100th anniversary of the event with an exhibit on the classic ballpark at the Heinz History Center, and the Pirates commemorated the event by playing the same team as on 6/30/09, the Cubs; Major League Baseball honored returning veterans on the 4th of July, as well as raising funds for ALS research, because the 4th marked the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium (Gehrig died of ALS); a San Jose columnist examined the controversy of the A's moving into Giants territory; a swarm of bees delayed a game at Petco Park by nearly an hour; Populous is designing the new spring training complex for the Red Sox.
- July 9, 2009 -- At all South Atlantic League ballparks, a moment of silence was observed for John Henry Moss, president of the league for 50 years, who had just passed away at age 90; tickets for the Major League All Star Game are available through Prime Seat Tickets; the Ricketts family is about to acquire the Cubs, which means that the $250 million renovation of Wrigley Field might finally take place; much is being written about the tug of war between the Giants and the territorial rights for San Jose.
- July 16, 2009 -- Our in-depth review of Reno's Aces Ballpark was posted; we also released our revised rankings of the parks of the International League and the Pacific Coast League, which include the three brand-new facilities that have opened this year; Fenway Park will host the outdoor Winter Classic NHL game on New Year's Day, 2010; the original organist at Dodger Stadium, Bob Mitchell, died at age 96; Safeco Field turned 10 years old; Denver is imposing height restrictions on buildings near Coors Field to maintain the park's great view of the mountains.
- July 22, 2009 -- The Rockies and Diamondbacks are moving their spring-training operations from Tucson to a brand new complex to be built near Phoenix; the 1959 Austin Senators were honored on the 50th anniversary of their Pan American championship; the Orioles agreed to a 30-year lease for spring training in Sarasota; the Marlins held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new park; an advisory panel is making recommendations regarding a new stadium for the Rays.
- July 28, 2009 -- The widow of Mike Coolbaugh wrote a wonderful article on the second anniversary of her husband's death from a batted ball; the site plan for the proposed new spring-training complex near Scottsdale was released; a fan was killed in a brawl that occured outside of Citizens Bank Park following a Phillies game.
- August 5, 2009 -- We posted our in-depth look at the impressive new Hall Of Fame within KC's Kauffman Stadium; a TV station in Iowa is doing an excellent job chronicling all of the parks of the Midwest League; the Rangers are hoping to beef up weak ticket sales by slashing prices for weekday games; Dodger Stadium will host a ThinkCure Weekend to fight cancer; a football game has been proposed for Wrigley Field.
- August 11, 2009 -- We enjoyed one of our highest visitorship weeks ever, as we posted our in-depth review of new Yankee Stadium (with 36 photos) and we announced the 10th annual winner of our Ballpark Of The Year, Columbus' Huntington Park; Wrigley Field hosted over 16,000 fans for a Minor League game; a study quantified the economic impact of spring training in Florida cities; the site plan for the Red Sox' to-be-built spring complex is taking shape; a delay of 10 minutes occured during a game at PNC Park when a fan was injured; details about the drainage system at new Target Field were released, just as the sod is about to be laid.
- August 21, 2009 -- Fox News Channel featured Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark in a story about the affordability of attending games at Minor League parks; we released a newsletter to those who've signed up for a free subscription; leftover concessions at new Yankee Stadium are provided to the poor; a young fan caught two foul balls off of Josh Hamilton's bat during the same at bat in a game at Rangers Ballpark; the Mets are making changes at Citi Field to more adequately honor the franchise's past; the first concrete has been poured for the foundation at the Marlins' new park; a fan was arrested for dumping beer on the head of Shane Victorino at Wrigley Field.
- September 3, 2009 -- Our (extremely) in-depth review of Citi Field was posted, complete with 40 photos; the Durham Bulls will return to historic Durham Athletic Park for a game in 2010; the city of Mesa is trying to ensure the Cubs keep their springtime operations in town; sod farmers in Minnesota were mad that the turf for new Target Field was coming from Colorado, but the state's governor said protectionist legislation is a bad idea.
- September 11, 2009 -- Starting on 9/11, all MLB parks will show Public Service Announcements honoring veterans and asking fans to volunteer in their communities; we presented the Ballpark Of The Year plaque at Columbus' Huntington Park; the city of San Jose defended a report showing it would be a good idea to build a new ballpark for the A's on land provided by the city; the smallest Blue Jays crowd ever at Rogers Centre attended the 9/9 game; the number 8 statue was stolen from the entry plaza at Camden Yards; what a great promotion: free Dodger Dogs!
- September 16, 2009 -- There were 12 brand-new or rebuilt parks in 2009, and with the posting of our review of Bowling Green Ballpark, we've now provided in-depth assessments of them all; Janet Marie Smith, one of the key planners of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, has been rehired by the O's; a father makes a great catch of a foul ball, and his young daughter throws it back; with all of the balls flying out of new Yankee Stadium, it shouldn't be a surprise that 2009 marks the highest number of HRs ever hit at a Yankees' home park; a report touting the economic impact to San Jose of buidling a new park for the A's was disputed by critics, then defended by the city.
- September 24, 2009 -- Our updated Major League Photo Album was released, and with it, a number of new photos of MLB parks themselves, as well as new rankings for the parks; our latest Contest was also posted, and it asks questions about 2009's new pro parks; the architects for the renovation of Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium were announced; the Twins' schedule for 2010 was released, so we now know that Target Field will open with exhibition games on April 2 and 3, and the regular season opener will be April 12.
- October 4, 2009 -- Richmond's Diamond will once again be the home of pro baseball, as the Eastern League's Connecticut Defenders will move to Virginia's capital for 2010; a fan named John Salvo has achieved a rare feat indeed: attending every possible match-up of MLB teams in the same league (that's 57 different parks); Yankee Stadium will host a college football bowl game in 2010; the City of Mesa is looking at sites for a new spring complex for the Cubs; in 15 years, MLB has gone from 10 parks with artificial turf to just two.
- October 11, 2009 -- The focus is on MLB's ballparks now that the playoffs have started; Minneapolis' Metrodome hosted the only play-in game this year, thereby prolonging its baseball life; an odd theft from Citizens Bank Park during Game 2 of the NLDS; Wrigley Field and the Cubs have a new owner; the Brewers are being targeted by Fort Myers to lure to City of Palms Park when the Red Sox move their spring training after 2011; attendance at MLB parks dipped in 2009, with 22 of the 30 teams showing declines; Target Field will feature Metropolitan Stadium's flag pole.
- October 18, 2009 -- We spent a few days visiting the parks of the Arizona Fall League, and we highlighted a game with one of the biggest crowds in the league's history; home-field advantage has been huge in MLB's playoffs this year, and a writer for the Wall Street Journal analyzed the surprisingly small impact that advantage has had in history; the Gila River Indian Community vows to try to woo the Cubs to move their spring training from Mesa to land they control; Mortenson Construction was picked to build the new spring complex for the Rockies and D-backs; there was an interesting theft from Philadelphia's ballpark during the LDS.
- October 30, 2009 -- It's World Series time, so our annual comparison of the two parks in the Fall Classic was launched; Wrigley Field and the team that plays there officially received new ownership, as the Ricketts Family took over. A tip to Mesa to study new spring training sites is their first order of business; Naples, FL wants the Cubs to move there; large cracks in the concrete ramps at new Yankee Stadium have appeared; the lights have been installed at Target Field in Minneapolis, and are being "burned in" right now; a Florida lawmaker decries the fact that the state is losing spring training teams to Arizona, and vows to fight the exodus.
- November 10, 2009 -- With the Yanks winning the World Series during their first year in a new stadium, we're reminded that when the original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, they won their first (of 27) titles, and the year the ballpark re-opened after a two-year rebuilding effort in '76, they returned to the Fall Classic after a 12 year absence; the new owner of the Cubs tells an interviewer that there could be a number of upgrades coming for Wrigley Field; the new owners did not let on what they thought about keeping their spring training in Mesa, AZ, though; the Twins had a "garage sale" to sell odds and ends from closets and storage rooms at the Metrodome.
- November 16, 2009 -- The baseball world still remembers Mike Coolbaugh, who was tragically killed at the park in North Little Rock, Arkansas over two years ago. A fund-raising golf tournament (and dinner supported by Albert Pujols) was held; we visited the construction site of ONEOK Park in Tulsa; Yankee Stadium is being mentioned as the likely site for a blockbuster boxing match between Mayweather and Pacquiao; new Yankee Stadium hosted a very unique event for cancer; local residents are quite upset that old Yankee Stadium still hasn't been turned into park land, as the Yankees had promised.
- November 24, 2009 -- We unveiled the completely updated Ballparks of Arizona section; the mayor of Nashville has proposed three possible sites for a new park for the PCL's Sounds; the Marlins are trying to line up a regular-season series in Puerto Rico in 2010; the Mets are making changes to Citi Field to honor the team's past stars; the 2012 All Star Game will probably be granted to Kauffman Stadium and Citi Field the following year; a fund-raising event for a group that supports Israeli settlements in the West Bank is being held in the large dining area at Citi Field, and it is raising quite a bit of controversy.
- December 10, 2009 -- A lot goes into the creation of the ice surface for the outdoor NHL game to be played at Fenway Park; details on the Rickwood Classic are released; the Cubs are flirting with Naples, Florida regarding the move of their spring operations there, while Mesa pledged money to upgrade facilities to try to keep the team from leaving Arizona; concessions at Target Field were announced; the firm whose job it was to inspect the concrete and steel at new Yankee Stadium was being built is now in a racketeering trial in New York.
- December 24, 2009 -- We posted our annual Ballpark Year In Review, which features photos of the stadiums that made news in 2009; our site welcomed its two-millionth visitor; a writer for the Wall Street Journal pointed out that all of the unused stadiums around the country could make great last-minute Christmas gifts for the fan who has everything; officials from Mesa traveled to Chicago to meet with the Cubs' new ownership group to propose ways that the team could keep its spring-training operations in Mesa; Fenway Park will get to host Opening Night of the 2010 MLB season.