WATE: ‘Very good week’ for new stadium

Blake Stevens of WATE interviewed Randy Boyd this week at the site of the proposed stadium during what was a “very good week” for advocates of bringing baseball back to Knoxville. The WATE segment can be watched HERE. Boyd, the owner of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team, also will appear on WATE’s “Tennessee This Week” on Sunday, May 2, at … Read More

‘More than just baseball’

An informational meeting to ask questions about the proposal to build a multi-use stadium in Knoxville’s center city yielded two important outcomes – support from both mayors and the ability to do so without a tax increase. The public meeting, held virtually March 25, provided a way for people to ask questions and get answers from Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, … Read More

GEM Community Development Group partners with Knoxville Area Urban League

Pledging that minority firms and individuals will be integral to all aspects of the private development that will surround the publicly owned multi-use facility being proposed on the eastern edge of downtown Knoxville, GEM Community Development Group has announced that it plans to enter into a partnership with the Knoxville Area Urban League. “The Urban League has a long history … Read More

Knoxville Area Association of Realtors lends support

The effort to bring baseball back to Knoxville got a big endorsement from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (KAAR) on the same day that City Council will consider its support of state legislation to create a special tax district surrounding the proposed multi-use stadium. City Council meets March 9 to discuss a resolution backing the special tax district for … Read More

Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field shows model for success

The mayors of Knoxville and Knox County took a trip to visit Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Indiana. They discovered a city that had been reinvigorated by a new multi-use stadium. WBIR Channel 10 has coverage of the trip that can be watched and read HERE with an excerpt below. Parkview Field, which Fort Wayne owns, … Read More

‘Transformational’ – multi-use stadium can change Knoxville landscape

“Once in a generation, maybe, a city gets a chance to transform itself.” Thus begins the WBIR-TV story about the proposed multi-use stadium in Knoxville with a tour of the site by entrepreneur and local businessman Randy Boyd. Boyd would bring his Smokies baseball team, a AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, to Knoxville from Sevier County, but the project … Read More

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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