View Full Version : Unoccupied Stadiums
07-24-2011, 02:28 PM
I was thinking today, I am curious to know what minor league stadiums around the country are currently A) unoccupied and B) would be able to host a team again (so this eliminates Atlantic City and Homestead, FL)
Off the top of my head I came up with Augusta, NJ and Schaumburg, IL. What am I missing?
07-24-2011, 08:22 PM
Schaumburg is only unoccupied for this season -- there's an American Association team due to move in for 2012.
07-24-2011, 11:49 PM
There's actually a group looking to bring pro ball back to Atlantic City. It's being repaired is my understanding. And there's some amateur ball about to start play in Homestead. But you pose an interesting question. In Florida there are tons of nice seldom/never used ballparks but in Florida no one really cares, that's the sad part of it. My guess as far as the nicest, most "available" parks not in use would be in Augusta, NJ and Ottawa, ON. I'd love to see a short-season team or even a NECBL team play at historic Yale Field in New Haven, CT but that's unlikely. A few nice ones throughout Canada.
07-25-2011, 12:02 AM
I was thinking about Ottawa, but I seem to recall some issues the Can-Am league had with the Fat Cats (the IBL tenants) and the Government. As for Florida, no doubt, though I am not sure they have the fan base that could support it.
As for New Haven, I love that stadium and think the market is perfect. The only issue is the fact that the Bluefish are 20 miles away. That said, it is possible. Though historically they haven't drawn that that well... Though I think with the right tactics I team can make money at 1,500 a game.
07-25-2011, 10:25 AM
I'd hate to be so all or nothing about it and I know there are a few folks from Ottawa here and I hope they aren't offended, but baseball will never fill that big stadium. I think a NYPL team would be an attractive option. I can see why local officials are thinking of other plans for that park.
Folks from the NECBL have said they've tried repeatedly to put a team in New Haven to no avail. I wonder why that hasn't happened. A MiLB team would adversely affect Bridgeport for sure, but the Bluefish did help kill off the New Haven Ravens.
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