Bleacher demolition begins at Old Cardinal Stadium

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Removal of the right field bleachers that once held hoards of screaming University of Louisville football fans at Old Cardinal Stadium in Louisville has begun.

The stadium that served as a home for Louisville football and two different triple A baseball franchises (the Louisville Colonels from 1968-72 and the Louisville RedBirds/RiverBats from 1982-1999) has been used for little more than State Fair concerts since Louisville Slugger Field and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium replaced it as the primary venues for college football and professional baseball in the Derby City in the late ’90s.

The bleacher demolition, expected to take 60 days, is the first phase of the stadium demolition that will eventually close the book on the stadium that opened in 1957 as Fairgrounds Stadium. The stadium stopped hosting Louisville football in 1997 and Triple A baseball games in 1999. After the major tenants left, it was used for fair concerts but that came to an end in spring 2013 when the State Fair Board decided to stop using the facility because of its decrepit condition.

The Courier-Journal has video of the demolition process beginning.

Veterans Stadium to make cameo on The Goldbergs

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ABC sitcom The Goldbergs is set in suburban Philadelphia in the ’80s and has made references to the Flyers – Barry Goldberg wears a Flyers shirt in nearly every episode – and had a storyline in an episode about the traffic in the Spectrum parking lot, but so far hasn’t paid homage to Veterans Stadium.

That’s about to change. According to news reports, the Phillies and Major League Baseball have given the sitcom loosely based on producer Adam F. Goldberg’s life growing up in Jenkintown the okay to digitally re-create the stadium in an upcoming episode.

No date has been announced for when the episode will air, but there have been reports that the Phillies scenes might also pay homage to the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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Barry Goldberg, played by Troy Gentile, has worn a Philadelphia Flyers shirt in several episodes of The Goldbergs

 

Replicas of famous ballparks being built in Branson, Missouri

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Two-thirds scale replicas of Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium in Detroit, St. Louis’s Busch Stadium and old Washington D.C. ballpark Griffith Stadium are being built in Branson, Missouri, as part of a youth baseball complex opening in Summer 2015.

Ballparks of America as it is officially named is billing itself as “an Epcot Center of Ballparks” that will serve as an all-inclusive Baseball Resort for players and coaches from the 10U to the 13U level.

According to an AP report, Ballparks of America CEO Hamilton Chang says work on the $15 million first phase is scheduled to be finished in May. It will include building six stadiums and converting part of a former outlet mall into a cafeteria and dorms for traveling teams. In future phases, developers plan to build another 10 stadiums at a cost of $9 million.

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