The Chicago Cubs have a shorter offseason than ever before thanks to winning their first World Series title in 108 years. Which means less time to complete a lot of renovation work at Wrigley Field. The team this week detailed the parts of the Friendly Confines that will get face-lifts over the next few months in the latest stage of the 1060 Project, a $750 million ballpark renovation and redevelopment of its surrounding area.
With less than 150 days to go until the first regular-season game in SunTrust Park, the Braves are selling ticket packages, setting up new offices and spending some of their anticipated revenue increase on (very) veteran pitchers. The Braves’ race to opening day, which began with the announcement three years ago this month of the move to Cobb County, has entered the final sprint.
Home-field advantage didn’t help the Texas Rangers in last month’s playoffs. But on Tuesday, it landed them a new $1 billion, retractable roof stadium. An Arlington proposition to help fund at least half of the new ballpark passed easily with the opposition conceding early in the evening. The deal will keep the Rangers in their original hometown through the team’s 82nd season, which would come in 2053.
In the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys tried to get voters in Irving, where the team played, to leave the regional transit system and instead spend that sales tax revenue on upgrading Texas Stadium. Voters stuck with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Cowboys eventually left for nearby Arlington, who helped finance a new football stadium.
Not to steal the spotlight from the Chicago Cubs’ World Series run, but the crosstown rival White Sox began hoisting the sign for the baseball park’s new name. And yep, despite the social media hullabaloo that erupted when the naming-rights deal was announced two months ago, the newly named Guaranteed Rate Field still will carry the mortgage provider’s logo — a downward-pointing arrow.