Baseball stadiums change a community’s landscape. Let’s take a look.

Populous knows how to pack a park Populous doesn’t just design stadiums. It finds a way to overlay the stadium into the fabric of the surrounding community. When Randy Boyd, owner of the Smokies baseball team, needed a design concept for a proposed stadium in Knoxville, the Kansas City-based firm got the call. Populous and its senior director and global … Read More

Sports authority gets on base

In December 2020, the Knoxville City and Knox County Commission voted to approve the formation of a sports authority to oversee construction and operation of a baseball stadium. A sports authority, the members of which typically are appointed, is a quasi-government body that oversees the project. By law, local governments can create a sports authority, which can issue revenue bonds … Read More

Triple play: TV coverage

The news in August 2020 that the Tennessee Smokies could return to Knoxville generated considerable media buzz. Click the links below for coverage from Knoxville’s three local TV stations, WATE Channel 6, WBIR Channel 10 and WVLT Channel 8. WATE WBIR WVLT

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Get a bird’s-eye view from the sky

The transformational potential of this project is even more apparent from above. Replace gutted buildings and vacant lots for a new stadium, restaurants and residences. Enjoy this FAA-approved drone flight from the News Sentinel by clicking HERE.

Boyd Sports reveals stadium plans

Boyd Sports announced Aug. 11, 2020, a proposal for a new baseball complex in Knoxville that would be modeled after Chicago’s famed Wrigleyville with a multi-use stadium, residential units, retail and restaurants. Randy Boyd has offered to donate the property needed for the stadium project, which is adjacent to the Old City and would connect the center city with East … Read More