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Below are our summaries from 2011. Note that the links take you to representations of our home page from that week (and those page have links to articles outside of our site -- which may or may not still be active).
- January 15, 2011 -- We provided our annual pictorial essay on the biggest ballpark stories of the year; the Southern League could see two new parks in the coming years, in Pensacola and Birmingham; a statue of Ron Santo will be erected at Wrigley Field, and the park's wireless coverage has been improved; the Indians' Snow Days promotion was a big success; the Rangers provide a webcam so fans can watch progress on the new video boards being installed; similarly, the Marlins have a webcam showing the interior of their under-construction stadium.
- January 24, 2011 -- A media tour was provided for the new spring training park and complex in Salt River; a new essay about ballpark knowledge was added to the site; the Cardinals announced that dynamic ticket pricing will be utilized at Busch Stadium this year; California is considering eliminating redevelopment agencies, which could spell the end to several ballpark projects; the NY Times wrote about the Polo Grounds.
- February 1, 2011 -- Our 48th Ballpark Contest was launched; multiple changes are planned for Target Field, including a Tony Oliva statue, a new retired number and the removal of 14 pine trees from the batter's eye; the Biz of Baseball analyzed the dynamic ticket pricing that is coming like a tidal wave across MLB; a three-game series originally scheduled for Miami has been moved to Seattle; Tropicana Field is getting a new playing surface; the city of Oakland believes it can keep the A's from moving to a new ballpark in another city due to a clause in the team's lease.
- February 10, 2011 -- The bonds sold by the Mets to pay for the construction of Citi Field now have "junk bond" status; an ambitious proposal to build a new football stadium, hockey arena and baseball park for Las Vegas is now on the table; ticket prices at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington are rising; college baseball will be played at Comerica Park; an overflow crowd descended on AT&T Park for FanFest; Minor League games are scheduled for Fenway; the Marlins released photos of the construction progress on their new stadium; the redevelopment agency for San Jose is scrambling to purchase the land needed for a new stadium for the A's; the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field was vandalized, and part of the roof of the pressbox was damaged in a snowstorm.
- February 24, 2011 -- We offered a link to an excellent article on attending practices during spring training; old League Park in Cleveland is getting a facelift; the man who caught Roger Maris' 61st home run ball received a special tour of new Yankee Stadium; solar panels are being added to Chase Field.
- March 5, 2011 -- At long last, we debuted the new format for the website; Graham Knight provided an excellent primer on experiencing spring training practices; League Park in Cleveland will receive some much-needed renovations; there was a small fire at the park in Goodyear; there was a ground-breaking ceremony for the Red Sox' new complex; the Yankees gave a VIP tour of new Yankee Stadium to the man who caught Roger Maris' 61st HR ball 50 years ago.
- March 12, 2011 -- We continued to add more and more features to the new design for the site; the new spring-training complex and ballpark for the Rockies and Diamondbacks is receiving rave reviews; the Cubs plan to stage street festivals outside of Wrigley Field; a prize fight will probably be held at Dodger Stadium; the change at the top of the Rangers' org chart won't slow down ballpark improvements; Andy Jurinko, perhaps the foremost ballpark artist, died.
- March 22, 2011 -- Based directly on feedback from visitors, we made modifications to the elements on our Home page to improve the readability; we pronounced the new Salt River Fields near Scottsdale the best spring-training complex in the land; we introduced a new feature called "Joe on the go" to provide my schedule of ballpark visits; Ray York has produced an intriguing guide to getting to the 30 MLB parks by train; the Marlins announced a "topping out" ceremony to mark an important milestone in the construction of their new park; the Nationals are increasingly unhappy with their spring-training locale because they have to travel so far to play other teams, so they are looking at possible landing spots in both FL and AZ; ticket sales for Target Field's second season are phenomenal; employees at Vero Beach's baseball complex (once called Dodgertown) still celebrate St. Patrick's as if the Dodgers were still there.
- April 1, 2011 -- The Red Sox and their architects revealed renderings of the new spring training complex that will open next year in Lee County, FL; the City of Ft. Myers lost a great deal of money while the Red Sox used City of Palms Park during spring trainings; Wired Magazine released a summary of the technology improvements at MLB parks; the area surrounding Nationals Park is still blighted, three years after the new ballpark opened; some of the food should improve this year at Nationals games; the Mariners will give fans compost made from garbage left behind at Safeco Field.
- April 9, 2011 -- The Orioles claim to have invested $11 million in developing better food choices at Camden Yards; big surprise -- hot dogs are the most-consumed food at ballparks; the Team Marketing Report is out, telling us that Fenway has the most expensive tickets and PNC Park the cheapest; attendance is down, so teams are running ticket promotions; crowds are especially down at Wrigley, but the Cubs are again playing live organ music when players are introduced; the Brewers are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Miller Park; there was a moving ceremony on Opening Day in Cleveland in memory of Bob Feller; there is a lot of disappointment in the lower Bronx that youth ballfields, wiped out by the construction of new Yankee Stadium, haven't yet been replaced.
- April 21, 2011 -- Our in-depth review on Salt River Fields was posted; half a dozen big league teams have set records for the smallest crowds in their current parks; even the Yanks aren't immune; interesting assessment of how stadium debt affects teams' overall indebtedness; Fenway celebrates its 99th birthday and announces plans for its 100th; an unruly fans was dealt with at PNC Park; LAPD significantly increased patrols at Dodger Stadium after Giants fan was severely beaten in the parking lots; the Giants dedicated their Opening Day festivities to that injured fan, and then held a ceremony to hoist their World Series flag; Sparky Anderson is being remembered at Comerica Park.
- April 30, 2011 -- Our in-depth review on Werner Park near Omaha was posted; our photo album on Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park was released on our Facebook page; increased pressure is being applied on St. Pete to find a way to build the Rays a new park, or else the team could move or be contracted; Tampa's new mayor says he's not looking to steal the Rays from St. Pete; Overstock.com Coliseum is the new name of Oakland's ballpark; a lawsuit over a broken bat at Shea Stadium has been thrown out by the judge; worries over wildfires stopped the fireworks display at Rangers Ballpark; there's now an 88-foot-tall golf club on the RF foul pole at Petco Park.
- May 14, 2011 -- We welcomed visitor number 2.5 million to the site; we posted photo albums of Oakland's newly renamed Overstock.com Coliseum and Modesto's John Thurman Field; a true ballpark hero, Harmon Killebrew, is entering a hospice program; a writer for the LA Times provided his top ten and bottom six MLB ballparks, and we took exception to several of his picks; Citizens Bank Park will host next season's NHL Winter Classic; an acrobatic fan eluded security guards at Minute Maid Park; wait staff at new Yankee Stadium accuse the Yanks of keeping their tips; a huge two-level store is being constructed at US Cellular Field; a classic car show will be held at Comerica park; Hi Corbett Field hosted a Minor League game.
- May 30, 2011 -- We remembered the late Harmon Killebrew with a link to a story about the longest HR ever hit at Metropolitan Stadium; there could be a shake-up in the Northwest League, since the Yakima Bears want to move to a to-be-built stadium in Vancouver, WA, across the river from Portland; there were tense moments when fans were directed to the tunnels under Rangers Ballpark during a tornado warning; a fan died after falling from a stairwell at Coors Field; the Sports Business Journal named Target Field the Sports facility of the Year; the Washington State Senate refused to extend temporary taxes aimed at paying off the bonds on Safeco Field; Wisconsin's governor is opposed to continuing a special sales tax at Miller Park; security was significantly increased when the Giants visited Dodger Stadium; attendance woes continued, as on one day MLB parks averaged only a 50% capacity; one writer says fans are staying away from Wrigley because of displeasure over the Cubs' ownership.
- June 12, 2011 -- Another newspaper writer announced a way to rank big-league parks; Indianapolis' old Bush Stadium will receive new life as an apartment complex; there was a fire in a supply room at Dodger Stadium; the Cubs will finally get the new spring-training complex they've desired, and it will be built in Mesa, a few miles from their current spring home; much was made of a fan catching three fouls balls in a single game at Camden Yards; the owner of the Padres hopes to move the Triple-A team he owns to Escondido, and the city is acquiring some land that might make that more likely.
- June 26, 2011 -- The impressive folks from Number Tamers released their exhaustive analysis of Major League and Minor League attendance during the 2010 season; we featured photo albums of the site of the Cal League-Carolina League All Star Game and the College World Series; there was finally some good attendance news when inter-league play commenced; the Mets submitted a bid to build and operate a new minor league park on Long Island; the Rangers' park was the site for a new sunglass-wearing record; the Marlins took the press on a tour of their new park's construction site; Only five weeks after renaming its stadium Overstock.com Coliseum, it was re-named again, this time to O.co Coliseum; a small fire broke out at Miller Park during a game.
- July 16, 2011 -- Our visitorship is up 18% over last year; we covered the Home Run Derby and All Star Game in Phoenix; a fan fell to his death at a game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington; remarkable progress is being made in the construction of the Red Sox new spring training complex; the Twins' former home, the Metrodome, had its roof repaired and re-inflated; Salt River Fields at Talking Stick became the first baseball facility to be awarded Gold Status for its "green" construction by the U.S. Green Building Council.
- July 24, 2011 -- We posted a photo essay with 26 shots from the All Star Game festivities in Phoenix; the Rangers announced additional safety measures following the death of fan Shannon Stone; poor lighting and security in Dodger Stadium parking lots hampered the LAPD's investigation into the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow; attendance is up at PNC Park this year; in last place in MLB in attendance, the Marlins announced that their upper deck will be closed to fans for the rest of this year; a behind-the-scenes look at Yankee Stadium the day Jeter collected his 3,000th hit; commercial development is finally coming to the area surrounding Target Field.
- August 3, 2011 -- We posted our in-depth review of the $30-million renovations at Cheney Stadium; we updated our rankings of the parks in the PCL; the most expensive ballparks in which to attend a game were revealed'; the first games in the new Marlins ballpark will be exhibitions against the Yankees next April 1 and 2; a 170-pound plate fell from the top of Busch Stadium; commercial development around the new spring-training complex for the Cubs in Mesa is being delayed; there's a movement to stop fans from doing the wave at Rangers Ballpark; broken glass fell on the field at Tropicana Field, increasing the outcry for a new ballpark for the Rays, and a group of business leaders is stepping up the pressure.
- August 10, 2011 -- We added a new ranking of the 14 parks of the International League; New York City's Department of Parks is losing significant revenue because of the financial arrangements on Citi Field and new Yankee Stadium; due to a drop in ticket sales of 8,000 per game, the Dodgers stand to lose $27 million this year; the labor union representing the game-day employees at Angel Stadium is at an impasse with the LA Angels; the hottest game in the history of Rangers Ballpark was played; the company that tested the concrete at new Yankee Stadium has been indicted; Slate offered an article on the lack of demand for tickets at big-league games these days; the Cubs are courting ASU's baseball program to join them at their to-be-built spring-training complex in Mesa.
- August 22, 2011 -- We updated our rankings and photo albums for the International League, the Eastern League, the Southern League and the Texas League; talk is starting to get serious again about a new park for Nashville; we provided a photo essay of the night Jim Thome hit his 600th home run; gulls are a significantly worse problem at AT&T Park in SF than in the past; the umps blew a ground-rule interpretation at Kauffman Stadium; the Rangers will erect a statue of Shannon Stone (the fan who died after a fall at the ballpark) and his son; the Cubs dedicated a statue of Ron Santo; an opera will be shown on the video screen at Nationals Park.
- August 31, 2011 -- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will have to find another place to play in 2012 as a massive rebuilding of their ballpark takes place; a beer vendor saved a child's like at Nationals Park; there will be retail space within the parking garages at the Marlins' new park; ticket prices for the Red Sox' new spring-training park were announced; the Bleacher Report provided a detailed look at the best beer at each MLB park; only 347 fans were in the stadium when a Marlins game began; Stub hub customers will only have to show their cellpones to gain admitance to AT&T Park; Fenway Park and Progressive Field will both host college hockey games this winter.
- September 15, 2011 -- Our Ballpark Of The Year is Salt River Fields, the first-year spring-training home of the D-backs and Rockies; we'll be presenting the plaque for the award to the owner of the Rockies and the architect at a pre-game ceremony at Coors Field; there might be slight movement on a new park for Charlotte; we've been invited to participate in a fund-raiser for B's Ballpark Museum; the city of Chicago was way behind in doing health inspections at the rooftop establishments surrounding Wrigley; Detroit turned down Chevrolet's offer to maintain the ballfield where Tiger Stadium once stood; the Marlins gave the media a tour of the new stadium, which is on-schedule and on-budget; no surprise: opponents can't wait for the Marlins to move; the consecutive-sellout-streak at Fenway reached 700 games.
- September 22, 2011 -- Our personal appearance to help raise funds for B's Ballpark Museum was a success; the City of Birmingham struck an arrangement with Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham to help obtain land for a new ballpark; the outfield dimensions of Citi Field are likely to change by next season; the concession contractor at Citizens Bank Park has union trouble; preparations have started at Kauffman Stadium for next year's All Star Game; a hotel may be built very close to Yankee Stadium; the Marlins will open their new ballpark with the only game on Opening Day 2012; a military promotion was conducted at Fenway.
- October 5, 2011 -- We have published a wall calendar for 2012; our visitorship continues to rise, up 28% over a year ago; we are scheduled to make two presentations to groups in the coming weeks; it was a huge disappointment to see the Rays drew under 30,000 fans for Game 4 of the ALDS; former Marlins were present for the last baseball game at Sun Life Stadium; the Wall Street Journal provided a fascinating article on the bells and whistles being desinged into new ballparks; Citizens Bank Park will host this winter's outdoor NHL game; a task force is working on ways to finance a new park for the Rays; Tampa's mayor has a suggestion for where that new park should be built; if the Metrodome is sold, the city of Minneapolis wants $30 million from the proceeds.
- October 12, 2011 -- The Cubs convinced ASU to play its home games at the spring-training complex that will be built in Mesa; a wind turbine is being constructed at Progressive Field; there's still a chance Escondido will built a new park for the Padres' Triple-A team; a wild, 74-foot-tall structure will celebrate home runs at the Marlins' new ballpark; Turner Field ranks highly in the number of events held there; RFK Stadium celebrates its 50th birthday.
- October 17, 2011 -- We released our annual side-by-side comparison of the two World Series parks; The Rockies will be moving their Pioneer League team from Wyoming's Mike Lansing Field to Grand Junction, Colorado; I topped the 50-park milestone for 2011; a lease between the Cubs and Mesa on a new spring training complex is imminent; the Yankees don't want their Minor League teams to carry the name "Yankees."
- November 1, 2011 -- We posted our thoughts on MLB's dumb decision to postpone Game 6 of the World Series; we covered Games 6 and 7 of the Fall Classic at Busch Stadium; the Mets are bringing the fences in at Citi Field; the Marlins are on the verge of numerous huge changes, not the least of which is a new ballpark; Frank McCourt's attorney said some ridiculous things about the mauling of the Giants fan in Dodger Stadium's parking lot; Fenway was turned into a haunted house for Halloween.
- November 27, 2011 -- Visits to the site were up again in October; San Jose is prepared to offer the owner of the A's an option to purchase downtown land that could one day be the team's new home; the Astros' move to the AL could face a problem due to a provision in the team's lease for Minute Maid Park; Angel Stadium set a record for the largest history lesson in one place; the Cubs announced lower ticket prices on some seats at Wrigley for next season; could an NFL team move into Chavez Ravine in LA? the Rangers are spending $11 million on changes to the center-field plaza at Rangers Ballpark; Great American Ball Park is now bounded by a street named after Johnny Bench.
- December 31, 2011 -- Visits to our site continue to run well ahead of last year; we provided our annual photo essay of the year's top ballpark stories; we also posted a photo essay on the 2011 Winter Meetings, held in Dallas; the A's believe they will receive permission from MLB to build a new park in San Jose; Federal securities investigators are examining if the Marlins misstated their financial health when bonds were being underwritten for their new stadium; critics are complaining about the lack of parking near the new Marlins' facility; the Rangers have named a sculptor to produce a new statue, and they are continuing work on renovating their outfield concourse; Camden Yards will several upgrades for 2012.