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Below are our summaries from 2008. Note that the links no longer take you to representations of our home page from that week. The summaries from 2007 can be found here.

  • January 2, 2008 -- There was a link to an analysis by the Miami Herald on the city's huge public-works initiative that includes a new ballpark; our Ballpark Year In Review photo essay was featured; the first regular-season game at the Nationals' new park will be a lone contest before any others are played in the U.S.; Wrigley Field could be sold to the state of Illinois; Hal Bodley's last baseball column appeared in USA Today.
  • January 23, 2008 -- After a long search, the Indians found a corporate partner to pay for naming rights of Jacobs Field; the Atlanta Braves announced that their triple-A affiliate will move into a to-be-built ballpark in the suburbs of Atlanta in 2009; Oriole Park at Camden Yards is getting a new scoreboard; the Reds are contemplating moving their spring training to Goodyear, AZ to be side-by-side with the Indians; progress is occurring on the Tampa Bay Rays' plans for a new park; the Twins' new park will probably receive an LEED "green" designation.
  • February 2, 2008 -- The Tulsa Drillers have announced that they intend to move into a new ballpark that will be built within the city limits of Tulsa; an enterprising researcher has provided links to video of various ballparks being imploded; the Cubs are hinting that the Wrigley Company might need to start paying for the name "Wrigley" to stay on the ballpark; the Marlins and Miami-Dade County are quite close to finalizing the financial terms to build a new ballpark; a stadium in Beijing will host two spring-training exhibition games; the Indians are trying to convince the Reds to join them in moving spring operations to Goodyear, AZ.
  • February 8, 2008 -- The city of Omaha is strongly considering a new downtown ballpark to be used by the College World Series and the Omaha Royals; we've updated both the Major League Ballpark Changes page and also the one for the Minors; parking availability is creating a snag in the plans for a new Marlins park; a look at the Nationals' new park two months before its first game; the Reds agreed to negotiate only with the city of Goodyear for the coming 75 days regarding the relocation of their spring facilities; all 90,505 tickets to the Dodgers exhibition game in the L.A. Coliseum were sold within an hour of them going on sale to the general public.
  • February 18, 2008 -- BASEBALLPARKS.COM debuts a new Contest, this one on baseball in the movies and TV shows; the Marlins are extremely close to finalizing the agreement with the county and city to build a new ballpark at the current site of the Orange Bowl; the new owner of the Cubs wants to sell Wrigley Field separately from selling the team; Sarasota is offering an 11th-hour proposal to pour money into the spring-training complex there to keep the Reds from bolting; the Yankees changed the name of their spring ballpark in Tampa; the Yankee Stadium that's currently under construction will end up costing $1.2 billion.
  • March 1, 2008 -- The History Channel will air two shows about baseball stadiums in March, and your humble webmaster will be featured on them; we've distributed a new newsletter to our mailing list; Wrigley Field is in news, as the state will want the city of Chicago to relax strict architectural rules if Illinois takes over ownership, and fans don't want a new name on the ballpark; Citi Field's logo is introduced; a public hearing about the Rays' proposed park drew loud opposition; the Twins' new park will end up costing $22 million more than budgeted, but the team will pick up the over-runs.
  • March 18, 2008 -- The first of two episodes on baseball stadiums on the History Channel airs this Saturday; we've completely updated our photo album of all of the pro parks in Arizona; Goodyear, Arizona already has the Indians coming to conduct spring training there in 2009, but now it looks like the Reds will join them in 2010; if the State of Illinois buys Wrigley Field, they will want to renovate it significantly, necessitating that the Cubs would have to play for a period of time at US Cellular Field; the high-resolution video screen at the Nationals new park is stunning.

  • March 27, 2008 -- More on the History Channel's shows on ballparks; the family of the late Mike Coolbaugh visited the Rockies' spring training; in February and March, college baseball is played round the clock at the Metrodome; the Pirates's spring park finally played its first night game; MLB opening day in Japan was in jeopardy until payments to coaches was resolved; the Dodgers played their last spring game at Dodgertown.

  • April 5, 2008 -- We covered the incredible night at the LA Coliseum where the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game gathered; the Washington Nationals' new park opened the very next night; the Rockies might be planning a move of their spring-training complex west on I-10 to Marana, AZ; the total attendance for this year's spring-training games was the highest ever; the Dodgers hope to overcome the severe parking problems they suffered through last season; and the Dodgers announced that they will definitely be moving their spring training to Glendale, AZ in 2009.

  • April 9, 2008 -- BASEBALLPARKS.COM's webmaster was on hand at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas to present the plaque for the 2007 Ballpark Of The Year; Prime Seat Tickets is a great source for tickets to big-league games; the Reds will definitely be moving their springtime operations to Goodyear, AZ in 2010 after the city approved a $33 million package to expand the training complex there; Sarasota is starting to work on finding a team to replace the Reds; the Yankees will operate its own concessions at their new park, meaning 2008 is Centerplate's last year as the team's vendor; Forbes rates the healthiest food served at MLB parks.

  • April 17, 2008 -- Our extensive review of Springdale, Arkansas' brand-new park has been posted; a key hurdle regarding a new downtown ballpark for Omaha has been overcome, but it remains to be seen if the Omaha Royals will want to join the College World Series as tenants there; the Pope's visit to Washington's Nationals Park went smoothly; a Mets fan died following a fall at Shea Stadium; the plot of a Red Sox fan to jinx the new Yankees Stadium was foiled; supporters of a new park for St. Petersburg were out in force at a City Council meeting.

  • April 25, 2008 -- The Dodgers announced far-reaching plans to modernize and expand Dodger Stadium; the family of Mike Coolbaugh, killed by a batted ball during a game in July 2007, moves on with their lives in a special story; a contract to demolish Tiger Stadium has been awarded; a report prepared by the city of St. Petersburg is critical of the Rays' plans to build a new waterfront park; the pope's visit to Yankee Stadium went very smoothly; the A's have pushed back the expected opening of their new park by a year; the entry rotunda in the Mets' new park will feature a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

  • May 2, 2008 -- Flooding from the Mississippi River forced the Quad Cities River Bandits from their home park, and one of our visitors provided a photo; for the first time ever, a Minor League game will be played at Wrigley; a rundown of the renovations needed at Wrigley was provided by Milwaukee's paper; The Red Sox are closing in on the record for consecutive home sellouts; one of the unsightly neighbors of the Washington Nationals' park is in line for redevelopment; the Red Sox are contemplating the move of their spring-training operations to Sarasota once the Reds leave for Arizona.

  • May 17, 2008 -- We announced a complete overhaul of our rankings of MLB parks, now that the new stadium in Washington is open; we featured one of our sponsors, Henry's Baseball Club (which provides baseball tryouts); the main contractor for the Twins' new park was accused of not hiring enough minority contractors or workers; the ownership of the Cubs is arguing with the state agency that might purchase Wrigley Field; Mothers Day was celebrated at big-league parks.

  • May 24, 2008 -- Thanks to a bill signed into law in Oklahoma, the Tulsa Drillers moved closer to obtaining a new ballpark; Minor League News is polling its readers about their favorite minor-league park; the Angels will be awarded the 2010 All Star Game; the Washington Nationals are risking the team's reputation by claiming that the D.C. government failed to have their new publicly funded park completed on time; the Tampa Bay Rays have proposed a complicated financing package for a new ballpark in St. Petersburg.

  • May 30, 2008 -- Since it began keeping records in 1922, the Texas League has now topped 100,000,000 in attendance; our in-depth review (with 30 pictures) of Nationals Park was posted; Wrigley Field is a strong contender to host the NHL's annual outdoor game next season; it is now less likely that the State of Illinois will purchase Wrigley Field, meaning the historic park will probably be part of the team's assets when the franchise is sold; the man who single handedly is trying to block the public financing of a new Marlins ballpark is profiled; Sarasota is about to lose the Reds' spring training, so they are trying to attract the Red Sox with a completely new complex; Josh Hamilton is the subject of this week's cover story in Sports Illustrated.

  • June 8, 2008 -- We announced the complete revamping of our Photo Album of the ten parks of the Southern League; Minor League News' annual fan poll of the best sports facilities was released, and Corpus Christi's ballpark finished first; the Tampa Rays are making a big push for a new ballpark, and St. Petersburg's City Council approved the first step toward a public referendum; the non-profit organization trying to raise money to preserve part of Tiger Stadium missed a deadline to hold off demolition; the Orioles may move their spring training operations to Vero Beach since the FAA has proposed an enromous increase in the cost to use the land in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • June 14, 2008 -- Waterfront Park in Trenton, in only its 15th season, welcomed its six-millionth fan on June 11; the Stockton Ports are helping victims of the devastating fires in their area; a pitch from the president of the Tampa Bay Rays didn't convince the area's local tourist board to divert funds to a new ballpark for the team; Detroit's mayor gave an extension to the group trying to raise funds to keep Tiger Stadium from being demolished; the Yankees appear to be coming up a little short (of money) to complete new Yankee Stadium, and since a change in IRS rules makes it impossible for them to obtain any more tax-exempt loans from the government, the team is lobbying the IRS to change the rule.

  • June 26, 2008 -- After flooding in the Midwest disrupted games, the intense heat in the West also made news; Billings, MT is about to open its brand-new park; Lee County, FL doesn't want to lose the Red Sox' spring training, but Sarasota is offering a new $70 million complex; the new Yankee Stadium will feature a Hard Rock Cafe; Miami Today came out strongly against the new ballpark deal for the Marlins; MLB celebrated Father's Day by raising money for prostate cancer research; MLB's media arm forced YouTube to yank a video of sprinklers going off in the middle of a game in San Francisco.

  • July 9, 2008 -- The demolition of Tiger Stadium has moved into high gear, even while a non-profit group is striving to preserve part of the park; the All Star Game is coming to Yankee Stadium, and the ticket prices are by far the highest in the history of the ASG; Ft. Myers and Sarasota are entering into a bidding war over the Red Sox spring-training site; a judge temporarily delayed the lawsuit seeking to force a public vote on funding of a new ballpark for the Marlins; the local daily in St. Pete editorializes that the Rays need a new ballpark.

  • July 15, 2008 -- All eyes are on Yankee Stadium, as the 79th All Star Game arrives in the Bronx; BASEBALLPARKS.COM is in Louisville to cover the Triple-A All Star Game; the spring training operations of the Reds will move from Sarasota to Goodyear, AZ in 2010, now that Goodyear's City Council has approved the lease; Red Foley, official scorer at many World Series, has died; the lawsuit trial challenging Miami-Dade's approval of public money for the Marlins' new park began; economic-impact studies are being conducted in the Tampa Bay area to assess the importance of a new park for the Rays; the Reds Sox tentatively approve plans for a new spring-training complex in Sarasota.

  • July 19, 2008 -- While a number of publications wrote extensively about Yankee Stadium (since the All Star Game was played there this week), USA Today's coverage was particularly noteworthy; we provided daily updates in the trial over the lawsuit to force a public vote on the use of tax monies on a new park for the Marlins; two fans were killed while riding the official shuttle from parking lots at RFK Stadium to the Washington Nationals' new park; Wrigley Field will be the first baseball stadium to host an NHL game; Thomas Boswell wrote an insightful column on the silly rift between the Nationals' ownership and D.C. over Nationals Park not being finished on Opening Day.

  • July 25, 2008 -- Author Jeff Ruby let us know about an article he wrote for Chicago Magazine in which he described attended seven big-league parks in seven days; Angel Stadium at Anaheim is a much cleaner place than it was a year ago; the completion of the demolition of Tiger Stadium moved a step closer; we continued to provide daily updates in the lawsuit trial in Miami over a new ballpark for the Marlins; more than four decades after the Beatles played a concert at Shea Stadium, the facility's final concert was held; baseball historian Jerome Holtzman died.

  • July 31, 2008 -- A ray of sunshine for those hoping part of Tiger Stadium will be preserved; a minor-league game was played at Wrigley Field, the first time in its 94-year history; a committee in Congress is investigating the appropriateness of the use of public funds in building new Yankee Stadium; bids are coming in to buy the Cubs and their ballpark; the judge in the lawsuit over the lack of a public referendum for the tax dollars to build a new Marlins ballpark might not release her ruling until later in 2008.

  • August 8, 2008 -- Enterprising young writer Roger Weber provided an interesting essay on how ballpark-design trends from the past century have shaped today's parks; our detailed ballpark review of Billings' Dehler Park made its debut; there was a new proposal for building a museum on part of the Tiger Stadium site; it was the 20th anniversary of Wrigley Field's first night game; big-league ballpark food was reviewed; the A's owner reversed field and said he is optimistic a new park will be built in Fremont after all; Dodger Stadium will host next year's WBC finals; broadcaster Skip Caray died.

  • August 18, 2008 -- Nationals Park in D.C. was named the region's Project of the Year by the U.S Green Building Council; the MLB schedules for 2009 show that the Mets' Citi Field and the Yanks' new Yankee Stadium will make their debuts two days apart; the AP prepared an interesting comparison of the 2009 ticket prices in the Mets' and Yankees' new parks (clearly more expensive: the Yankees); the Orioles are preparing to celebrate the 50-millionth fan at Camden Yards, which in just 17 years is the fastest park to reach that milestone.

  • August 23, 2008 -- Amid great hoopla, Oriole Park at Camden Yards welcomed its 50-millionth fan on August 19; in-depth reviews of all four ballparks that opened this year are now available, with the most recent entry being for Coca-Cola Park in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania; a wonderfully sweet remembrance of Tiger Stadium was written by Tom Ferda; Sarasota has made a new offer to the Red Sox to move their spring-training oeprations from Ft. Myers; not only are the Rays moving their spring training to Port Charlotte in 2009, they will be bringing their Florida State League team, too; resentment of the Yankees is strong because of how much park land is being eliminated to make way for new Yankee Stadium.

  • August 30, 2008 -- The 2008 Ballpark of the Year award was announced (Arvest Ballpark in Northwest Arkansas); we began a series looking at the parks that are about to be replaced, starting with Ernie Shore in Winston-Salem; The New York Times blasts the Mets, Yankees, Jets and Giants for raising ticket prices so much in their new stadiums; The Boston Globe reports on Red Sox history at Yankee Stadium; not only are the Tampa Bay Rays moving their springtime operations to Port Charlotte, they will also be moving their Florida State League team there for 2009 (and Cal Ripken's group is a part owner); the Mets will have a high-tech wireless system in Citi Field next year.

  • September 11, 2008 -- On the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, the Giants displayed a special tribute to those who died, and the Orioles donated ticket revenue to a veterans group; as the minor league season drew to a close, numerous attendance records were broken; the Marlins will get their way and a new ballpark will be built without a public vote on the matter; the Red Sox broke the all-time record for consecutive home sellouts; USA Today provided a dark piece on the disappointing first season in the Washington Nationals' new park, and they provided an entertaining look at the best seats in Major League Baseball.

  • September 16, 2008 -- Our latest Contest, in which visitors were challenged to identify photos of Minor League parks, made its debut; it's the time of year when the championships of all of the Minors Leagues are being captured; the Twins' new ballpark will be called Target Field; Hurricane Ike struck Houston hard, causing two Astros games to be moved to Milwaukee; Bloomberg ran a sobering story on how apathetic the Tampa Bay Rays' fans are; Bank of America will be the primary sponsor at the new Yankee Stadium.

  • September 19, 2008 -- We helped Away.com rank the ten MLB ballparks that tourists should visit; Congress is investigating the way land was allegedly grossly overvalued to permit the Yankees to save millions of dollars by paying lower interest rates than they should have been able to do; there is a lot of bad news surrounding the first year of baseball at Nationals Park, including the fact that sales-tax revenues generated by the park is falling millions of dollars below projections; Baseball Pilgrimages posted an incredibly insightful review of Nationals Park; USA Today compiled a wonderfully written remembrance of the history made at Yankee Stadium; The Arizona Republic paper looked at the impact of changes made to Chase Field this year.

  • September 24, 2008 -- Coinciding with the final game at Yankee Stadium, we presented a photo essay showing what both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium looked like in 2008; we released a new newsletter; it may be iminent that the Orioles will be announcing the move of their spring training to Vero Beach; the final game at Yankee Stadium was spectacular and emotional; the Twins released a seating chart and ticket prices for their new stadium that opens in 2010; Leo Hildebrand was 4 when the Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. On 9/20, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs game when the team clinched the NL Central title.

  • September 29, 2008 -- There's a lot of jockeying for the coveted spring-training site for the Red Sox; a week after the closing of Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium shuts its doors; after a season of great on-field success but in-the-stands disappointment, the Rays were happy to announce their first two playoff games sold out quickly; an excellent summary of accomplishments at Shea Stadium came from the A.P.; a sad anniversary of the last game at Ebbets Field; more on the controversary surrounding the financing of the construction of new Yankee Stadium; it now appears very likely that the Orioles will move their spring operations to Vero Beach.

  • October 5, 2008 -- Tiger Stadium, largely demolished at this point, could see the rest of its structure torn down if a non-profit group fails to make a payment this week; Tropicana Field made its post-season debut, and the atmosphere was impressive; Miller Park is also hosting its first playoff games; the Mets announced that Shea Stadium will not be imploded -- instead it will be dismantled piece by piece; the value of Wrigley Field is having a huge impact on the sale of the Cubs franchise.

  • October 11, 2008 -- During the week leading up to the last game at Yankee Stadium, the team kept saying that a formal send-off of the historic facility would happen in November. Well, the team announced that no such event will occur; Detroit's City Council voted to permit the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy a few extra days to make a payment to stave off the completion of the demolition of the ballpark; the Los Angeles City Council voted to seek a designation of "Dodgertown" for a new zipcode that surrounds Dodger Stadium; the former mayor of Ft. Myers claims that his city isn't glitzy enough for the ownership of the Red Sox, which will probably lead the team to move its spring-training operations to Sarasota; the New York Times writes about the "blackout" phenomenon that's been happening at stadiums recently; Commissioner Selig advised teams to hold the line and not increase ticket prices for next season.

  • October 18, 2008 -- The nation's economic woes promted the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine to write about the impact on sports teams; the Visalia Oaks are changing their name and radically improving their ballpark; after significant conjecture that Sarasota would build a new ballpark and complex to attract the Red Sox' spring training opations, talks between the city and team broke off; Lee County, where the Sox train now, quickly launched new talks with the team's brass; Tiger Stadium has been largely demolished at this point, and the vast majority of the park's scrap is being recycled; the Mets have leased all of the luxury suites in Citi Field, and they announced how fans can purchase seats and memotoes from Shea; MLB.com provided an article giving credit to the fans who filled the ballparks of the League Championship Series.

  • October 22, 2008 -- Since it's World Series time, we posted our annual comparison of the two ballparks involved in the Fall Classic; Tropicana Field's ALCS Game 7 was the highest rated baseball game ever on cable TV; more drama over Sarasota's quest to replace the Reds as a spring-training occupant, as Boston is, then isn't, then is interested in moving there; the Orioles desire the market, too; NYC officials are about to appear before a Congressional committee investigating whether false valuations for the new Yankee Stadium procured tax-free bonds; the Yankees and Dallas Cowboys are teaming up to form a concession company for the two teams' new stadiums.

  • November 2, 2008 -- During the World Series, we provided a mini blog on items that were specific to the ballparks (and related activities) in the Fall Classic, including how the Happy Heckler could no longer be heard at Tropicana Field, how Philadelphia's Sports Complex was overflowing with events during the Series, how local girl Taylor Swift wowed the crowd with the National Anthem before Game 3, how Citizens Bank Park's field withstood the downpours, and how CBP was the site of quite a celebration following Game 5; we reported that a local-TV news story on Mike Coolbaugh's family won an statewide Emmy award; Lee County Florida made a solid offer to keep the Red Sox' spring training; MLB fired back strongly that they firmly believe a new park will be built for the Marlins despite the credit crunch; the Twins released details on the massive scoreboard that will be in Target Field, and also what seats will be in the shade.

  • November 12, 2008 -- Following a guided tour of the construction site for the new spring-training complex in Glendale, AZ, I posted a photo essay showing the construction progress; there's an excellent preview of Goodyear, AZ's new spring-training complex on the Baseball Pilgrimages site; so much ballpark news involving the Red Sox, including repairs to Fenway, restraint on ticket prices and an agreement on a new spring complex; both Vero Beach and Fort Myers want the Orioles to move their spring operations to their city; progress on the "ballpark village" around the new park in D.C. has been very poor.

  • November 23, 2008 -- Tulsa's City Council authorized bonds to pay for construction of a new ballpark, to open in 2010; construction on Reno's new park, due to open in 2009, is ahead of schedule; the final legal hurdle standing in the way of a new park for the Marlins has been overcome; the Yankees will play two exhibition games in their new stadium prior to Opening Day; the White Sox paid off Pima County (where Tucson is located) to be released from their spring-training lease there, so they can move into the new complex in Glendale in 2009; that complex (to be named Camelback Ranch) will be shared with the Dodgers, who will charge the highest exhibition-game ticket prices ever; the owner of the A's insists that a new park in Fremont is still on track.

  • December 9, 2008 -- As construction work started on a new park for the College World Series in downtown Omaha, the Omaha Royals announced that they are negotiating with nearby Sarpy County on a new stadium; USA Today studied the 30 MLB teams and found that 16 are reducing or freezing season ticket prices for 2009; the Mets new park was in the news almost daily, and in the face of public outcry over Citi Group's name being on the new facility, the team announced that they will not bow to pressure to go with a different corporate sponsor; MLB.com took a tour of the new Citi Field, and CBS Sports.com toured the new Yankee Stadium.

  • December 14, 2008 -- We offered a special promotion on our Touring The Majors poster; our Christmas newsletter was released; the New York Times examined how the new Yankee Stadium is helping the team afford very expensive free agents; both the Yanks and Mets requested significant additional public financing to complete the construction of their new stadiums; Wrigley Field and the Cubs made the news twice this week -- once because they were excluded from the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing by their owners, the Tribune, while they were mentioned prominently in the charges field against fallen Illinois Governor Blagojevich.

  • December 26, 2008 -- A buy-one-get-one-free offer was announced for our Touring The Majors poster; sixteen developers submitted proposals to Lee County, FL regarding how to use the land around a new spring-training park for the Red Sox; the Mets will play two exhibition games in new Citi Field prior to Opening Day; the Yankees will charge the same ticket prices as in 1923 when they play their two warm-up games at new Yankee Stadium; the Orioles, who must leave their Ft. Lauderdale spring home after 2009, looked at Vero Beach (but their counterproposal was shot down by the local government there), Sarasota (who singificantly lowered their offer, so the O's won't land there) and now might end up in Ft. Myers.


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