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Below are our summaries from 2010. Note that the links no longer take you to representations of our home page from that week. (Go here to see the 2009 summaries.)
- January 12, 2010 -- Following our recap of the biggest ballpark stories of 2009, we previewed 2010, which will include the opening of Target Field; the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park was a huge success; Yankee Stadium would be a natural choice to host the next outdoor hockey event, but they are booked with a bowl game next December, which would prevent the ice from being prepared in time; the Twins accepted the keys to new Target Field, two months ahead of schedule; it will have an incredibly effective water-conservation system; the huge "Big A" structure in the parking lot at Anaheim's ballpark has been updated and improved.
- January 19, 2010 -- The A's hopes of building a new park in San Jose seem stuck, so Fremont wants back in the discussion; MLB Network features a documentary about Billings, MT's Cobb Field; the Twins announce a number of local menu items that will be offered at their new park; the competition over the Cubs' spring training is growing intense, and USA Today studies the impact impact to the two cities involved.
- January 27, 2010 -- The Mets announced that when they open their new Hall Of Fame (next to the famous rotunda at Citi Field) it will feature four new inductees; Bobby Bragan, who was the oldest man ever to manage a pro baseball team, died at age 92; Mesa seems to be taking the lead in the competition for the Cubs' spring-training home; the Twins announced a lottery system for tickets to the opening series at new Target Field.
- February 11, 2010 -- Barring an expected outcome at the ballot box later this year, Mesa will continue to be the Cubs' springtime home for decades to come, thanks to the city's offer to spend $84 million on a new complex; the NY-Penn League will abandon Oneonta's Damaschke Field this season; the commission analyzing the Tampa Bay Rays' need for a new ballpark announced three logical locations; a timeline of events leading up to the announcement that Mesa would continue as the Cubs' spring-training site was provided.
- February 20, 2010 -- Since their ballpark will be converted into a full-time soccer stadium, the Portland Beavers will need to play elsewhere in 2011; Yankee Stadium will host a prize fight in June; Commissioner Selig stated that the Rays need a new ballpark long before their current lease at Tropicana Field ends in 2026; a site for their new park was suggested; the Rays' renaming of their spring training park went very badly; Fenway will host a minor league doubleheader; the Marlins hope to host the All Star Game in 2015 in their new ballpark; the city of Oakland hopes to be in the running for the Athletics' new stadium, but the team wants San Jose.
- March 2, 2010 -- The method of financing the new park and spring-training complex for the Cubs in Mesa has made Commissioner Selig and the other teams that train in Arizona very unhappy; the plans for the new Red Sox complex in Fort Myers, FL were released; a man has sued the Royals because he was struck in the eye by a hot dog while attending a game at Kauffman Stadium; tickets for the two exhibitions games the Twins will play at Target Field sold out in 20 minutes; the very first game there will be a college game; before the final renderings were released, Lee County FL announced that the complex and ballpark for the Red Sox will be a little smaller than first indicated.
- March 24, 2010 -- The college bowl game that will be played at Yankee Stadium now has a name (Pinstripe Bowl) and date (Dec. 30); our sponsor Prime Seat Tickets has tickets for all Opening Day Games; the method for financing the construction of a new spring training complex for the Cubs has been debated endlessly, but in the end, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a measure calling for a surcharge on all exhibition-game tickets played in the state; the Marlins are signing their stars to backloaded contracts thanks to the revenue stream that their new stadium will provide; the Twins announced that one of the types of hot dogs that will be sold at Target Field will be made using the same recipe as when the team played at Met Stadium in the '60s.
- March 31, 2010 -- The much-anticipated 2010 Baseball Travel Map has been released; new ballparks are directly affecting how teams structure their player contracts; attendance was very strong at both Florida and Arizona ballparks for spring-training games; there is speculation that the NFL would like for a football stadium to be built in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium; the Commissioner of Baseball has stepped into the controversy over surcharges on tickets for spring games in Arizona.
- April 7, 2010 -- We attended the first pro game at Minnesota's new Target Field; webmaster Graham Knight provided a top ten list of ballparks for USA Today; the Onion provided a hilarious spoof on Fenway Park; a beautifully written column appeared in the Star-Tribune about the greatness of outdoor baseball; reviews and articles about new Target Field are appearing; a batter hit his own mother with a foul ball at a spring-training game; the last spring game has been played in Tucson.
- April 17, 2010 -- The annual Team Marketing Report revealed that Wrigley Field has the highest average ticket prices in the Majors; our in-depth review of Target Field (with 45 photos) was posted; a disgusting fan at a Phillies' game was arrested; Populous was featured on a show on Bloomberg TV; a survey reveals that most San Jose residents are in favor of building a new park for the A's; nearby Fremont is seriously considering offering an abandoned auto-manufacturing plant for the same thing.
- April 28, 2010 -- Several big-league teams have had scary attendance numbers (i.e., small) so far this season; college football will return to Wrigley Field; Oakland is fighting to keep the A's from moving to Fremont or San Jose; Elvis Andrus came through for the Rangers on Elvis Night; a fan was injured at Miller Park; Delish.com rates the best ballpark hot dogs.
- May 9, 2010 -- Hall Of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell died at age 92; we've completely updated our Photo Album pages for all 30 MLB teams, plus we provided our very first one-through-thirty ranking of big league ballparks; an official in Pinellas County, FL suggested that downtown St. Petersburg would not be the best site for a new ballpark for the Rays, which contradicts what officials in St. Pete want to see; the new owner of the Cubs wrote an open letter to fans urging them to support a controversial new advertising sign on the back of the bleachers at Wrigley Field; the New York Times provided a feature on future changes at Camden Yards in Baltimore; ballpark stalwart Bob Uecker has undergone serious surgery.
- May 15, 2010 -- MLB announced that the Blue Jays-Phils series on June 25-27 has been moved from Toronto to Philadelphia due to the presence of the G-20 Summit in downtown Toronto; it was a Mother's Day unlike any other, as Oakland's Dallas Braden (who'd lost his mother to cancer when he was still a teenager) pitched only the 19th perfect game in big league history; the fan who fell from the lower deck at Miller Park has died of his injuries; AT&T Park in SF will host all of Cal's home football games in 2011; the owner of the Mets is in talks to buy the NHL's Islanders and move them to a to-be-built arena next door to Citi Field; a feathered fan has taken up residence at Target Field; Miller Park hosted a Midwest League game, and Wrigley will host one July 7th; the Tampa Sports Authority says that they are willing to operate a new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays.
- June 1, 2010 -- We posted our in-depth review of Tulsa's ONEOK Field, along with 29 photos of the park and its surroundings; the annual Rickwood Classic is about to occur, but this one is extra special because it's the 100th anniversary of the opening of "America's Oldest Ballpark;" MLB did a great job honoring veterans at ballparks on Memorial Day; less than three weeks after the Major's most recent perfect game, Sun Life Stadium in Miami hosted another one; there was a "squirrel delay" at Target Field; the Yankees ranked #1 on Forbes' list of "Most Valuable Sports Team Brands" because of their new ballpark; but the Yanks don't allow Apple iPads into new Yankee Stadium.
- June 15, 2010 -- Sarasota's plan to renovate Ed Smith Stadium has run into a lawsuit snag; we posted our photo essay on the fabulous Rickwood Classic; the Marlins' new stadium will feature aquariums in the backstop; politics caused entertainers to cancel an appearance at Chase Field; facing a deadline and feeling nervous about getting funding from the state, the City of Mesa proclaimed they'll fund the entire cost of building a new complex for the Cubs if need be; the Reds celebrated the 75th anniversary of MLB's first night game.
- June 19, 2010 -- Houston's Astrodome has been without a tenant for a decade, and now Harris County is developing a plan to demolish it; Kauffman Stadium was officially awarded the 2012 All Star Game; a huge macaroni noodle is the newest unconventional advertisement at Wrigley Field; a small fire was quickly contained at Target Field; the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce formally asserts that the Rays need a new park, but the team isn't commenting; a 5.7 earthquake shook Petco Park while a game was going on.
- June 28, 2010 -- Things are heating up on the new-ballpark front for the Tampa Bay Rays, and a local paper thinks the team might start threatening to move out of Florida to get a new facility; the Mets and Marlins are playing a series in Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, where many big-league players have competed in the past; the NY Times interviewed Vin Scully about his six decades in broadcasting; a shameless congressman attacks service fees paid by ticket buyers at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium; a judge refuses to order the cassation of renovation work on Ed Smith Stadium; Lady Gaga brings her act of being outrageous to both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium; a fan was badly injured when hit in the face by a foul ball at Target Field.
- July 11, 2010 -- BASEBALLPARKS.com fans have the opportunity to purchase a limited-run sport shirt; All Star Game tickets are available; longtime Yankee Stadium PA announcer Bob Sheppard dies; a judge rules against two lawsuits filed to stop Sarasota County's renovations of Ed Smith Stadium; even though there were 27 fewer spring training games this year in Arizona that last year, attendance was only down 3%, a strong result; a fan suffered a fractured skull (but survived) when he fell 30 feet from the Club Level seats to the Field Level while reaching for a foul ball at Rangers Ballpark.
- July 17, 2010 -- The accountants at Number Tamer released the most fascinating analysis of MLB attendance ever done; Fortune Magazine analyzes how PGE Park in Portland will be converted to a soccer-only stadium after this season, meaning the Portland Beavers of the PCL will be without a home; the New York Times writes about the century-old connection between ballparks and hot dogs; Commissioner Selig tells reporters that he feels no urgency in coming to a conclusion about the Athletics moving to a to-be-built park in San Jose; Naples gives up on trying to lure the Cubs' spring training operations; certain tickets at Miller park are discounted $13 because Brewer Corey Hart hit 13 HRs in the Home Run Derby prior to the All Star Game; Citi Field is probably the early favorite to be chosen for the 2013 All Star Game.
- July 23, 2010 -- B's Ballpark Museum in Denver has a new, permanent home; the Baseball Travel Map is useful for trip planning; the site of old League Stadium in Cleveland was examined; the Royals now offer an "all access" tour of Kauffman Stadium that costs $250 per guest; the lease of Rangers Ballpark was examined in the team's bankruptcy trial; a lucky fan caught foul balls on consecutive pitches at Sun Life Stadium; the LA Times compared the Angels' and Dodgers' ballparks.
- July 30, 2010 -- Indications are strong that the Portland Beavers will be purchased by the Padres and moved into Lake Elsinore's Diamond until a new park can be built somewhere north of San Diego; a game of chicken broke out between the City of San Jose and Commissioner Selig over whether the A's will be allowed to move to a to-be-built park in SJ; Target Field's batter's eye is now darker; the Rays turned out the city of St. Pete's offer to let the team out of its lease at Tropicana Field if Pinellas County is the only place the franchise considers for a new park. The team said no; creating miniature models of new stadiums is very important to Populous; the relationship between the A's and their fans in Oakland is becoming strained over the topic of a new park.
- August 10, 2010 -- There is at least some sentiment to keep the PCL Beavers in Portland; Windsor, CA is the latest city to discuss building a new park. It could end up being the new home of the Bakersfield Blaze or High Desert Mavericks; a ridiculous rumor is floating around that the new Rangers' owners will build a retractable roof over Rangers Ballpark; the Nationals are exploring moving their spring training from Viera, FL to the Orlando area; Lee County, FL said to the Nats "move here instead;" several sites are being examined in Mesa for the Cubs' new spring complex and ballpark.
- August 17, 2010 -- We posted our in-depth review of Eugene's adorable new PK Park; I invited fans to meet me as I conducted ballpark visits in the East; protestors interrupted a game at Nationals Park; a fan who was badly injured by a foul ball at Shea Stadium in 2008 filed a lawsuit; a statue of Bud Selig will soon be unveiled outside Miller Park; a series of screens to cut down sunlight and heat could be implemented at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
- August 27, 2010 -- Hagerstown, MD has needed a new park for a long time, and now a proposal might bring it about; Rickwood Field celebrates its 100th birthday; the Marlins are taking heat over their better-than-revealed profitability when they were obtaining public funds for a new ballpark; a parachutist gets caught on a flagpole in Arlington; the mayor of Las Vegas says plans are underway for a Major League ballpark; detailed plans were released for the new spring-training complex in Arizona.
- August 30, 2010 -- Portland's daily newspaper reports that the PCL Beavers are about to be sold and moved out of town because they are being evicted from PGE Park and there's nowhere else to play in town; a fan has been banned for life from the park in Richmond; the 25th annual Farm Aid concert will be held at Miller Park; players are unhappy that a pro soccer game will be played at Petco Park; armed with new ballpark renderings and the support of the city government, the A's really want to move to San Jose; USA Today provided an interesting feature article on the quirks in modern-day ballparks.
- September 5, 2010 -- Our 2010 Ballpark of the Year is BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem; after 53 straight years, the Orioles are pulling out of Bluefield, WV. There's no assurance that another franchise will move into Bowen Field to replace the O's; Rosenblatt Stadium saw its final baseball game; PGE Park in Portland sees its last ballgame, as it is being converted into a soccer-only facility.
- September 11, 2010 -- Our fifth and final ballpark appraisal for 2010 is available. It's on Harrisburg's completely rebuilt Metro Bank Park; the man who put the Dell Diamond on the map with his zeal for putting the fan first, Jay Miller, was honored by the Round Rock Express, and we covered the event in detail; a fan at Miller Park was ejected by the umpire; the Oakland A's officially appointed 360 Architecture to design their new ballpark; a letter from a sign fell on a fan at Rogers Centre; a statue of Bill Mazeroski was unveiled at PNC Park.
- September 24, 2010 -- Prime Seat Tickets has seats for sold-out penant-race games and the playoffs; our rankings of the 12 parks in the Eastern League has changed; Target Field graces the cover of Sports Illustrated; the largest plaque yet erected in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park was unveiled in honor of George Steinbrenner; business leaders in San Jose are solidly behind a new downtown ballpark for the A's; the hand-operated scoreboard that used to be on the Green Monster will be integrated into the Red Sox' new spring-training park; Great American Ball Park was the scene of a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose's record-breaking hit.
- October 3, 2010 -- Nancy Faust, organist at old Comiskey Park and US Cellular Field for 41 years, has performed at her last White Sox game; Target Field was in the news a great deal, as the Twins broke their single-season attendance record while getting angry at the Timberwolves for erecting a huge ad sign visible from the ballpark; one analyst predicts post-season success for the Twins since first-year parks usually help their tenants; attendance has been so poor for the Rays that team management gave away 20,000 tickets to the final regular-season game to ensure a sell-out; Cleveland's Progressive Field will host "Snow Days" this winter.
- October 12, 2010 -- The Cubs released renderings of the proposed spring-training site to be built in Mesa; Graham Knight reports on the new spring complex under construction near Scottsdale; ground rules changed at Tropicana Field for the playoffs, while scalpers outside the Trop faced hard times; Target Field might not have brought the Twins luck in the playoffs, but it accomplished a lot for downtown Minneapolis; MLB shocked tenants of the office spaces at Rangers Ballpark by requiring them to pay for playoff tickets; whistleblowers reported cigar smoking by Reds players who were celebrating their NL Central crown at Great American Ball Park.
- October 22, 2010 -- Our Facebook photo albums on the two ballparks in the NLCS were launched; the Rickwood Classic was voted the best promotion in the Minors this year; Fenway will receive more facelifts, including three new high-definition video boards in the outfield.
- October 27, 2010 -- We announced another Facebook photo album -- this one on the Rangers' march through the ALCS; we provided our annual side-by-side comparison of the two parks in the World Series; with AT&T hosting the first two games of the Fall Classic, writers focused on how you get to the park, how kayaks show up in McCovey Cove and how the right-field wall has areas where fans can peer into the park for free; one writer takes new Yankee Stadium to task for its prices and atmosphere.
- November 7, 2010 -- We posted our first photo album of shots from this year's World Series, starting with Game 1 in San Francisco; a friend who works for the Giants allowed us to display a shot from the team's victory parade; Sparky Anderson, one of the most beloved figures ever at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, died; many tickets at Citi Field will be cheaper in 2011 than in 2010; voters in Mesa, AZ easily approved a new spring-training complex for the Cubs; Busch Stadium will host U2 in concert; food was a point of emphasis when the World Series arrived at Rangers Ballpark; two former presidents were involved in a ceremonial first pitch in Arlington.
- November 20, 2010 -- We featured Baseball Travel Maps and special grab bags in our new Store; college football is being played this weekend at both Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field; the Cubs' ownership wants the state of Illinois to help pay for massive renovations at Wrigley Field; noticeable improvements and upgrades are happening this offseason at Oriole Park and Target Field, but the latter won't see a change in the outfield dimensions.
- December 9, 2010 -- Johnson City's Appalachian League ballpark will soon have its most famous characteristic (a steep incline in right field near the fence) removed; we introduced our latest Facebook Photo Album, this one on the World Series games in Arlington; Oakland's redevelopment agency is in a great position to make a new park happen for the A's; the Rangers are spending $13 million on video board enchancements; the owners of the Cubs are disappointed that Illinois' General Assembly recessed for the rest of 2010 without addressing the team's request for funds to help renovate Wrigley Field.
- December 26, 2010 -- An exciting new product, Ballpark E-Guides, has been added to our store; two moves will be happening in the Southern League, as the current Carolina Mudcats franchise will move into a new ballpark in Pensacola in 2012 and Birmingham hopes to have a new downtown ballpark for the Barons that same year; Progressive Field's Snow Days promotion has been a big success.