Take Me Out to the Ball Game
From Major League Baseball’s oldest parks to new constructions, ballparks are the quintessential gathering place for summertime fun with friends and family. Cities across the nation have made substantial improvements to existing ballparks and introduced new fields with jaw-dropping amenities, state-of-the-art playing fields and dazzling feats of architecture to celebrate America’s favorite pastime.
How much does it cost to build a ballpark?
Bringing a new ballpark to a community, or renovating an existing facility, is an expensive and complex undertaking, one that brings new jobs along with a boost to tourism. Developers and city planners utilize cameras to monitor the complex process of building a ballpark and to generate community interest and excitement along the way.
The two oldest ballparks still serving up home runs and hot dogs are Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, opened in April 1914 to the tune of $250,000 ($5.8 million today), a substantial drop in cost compared to the $650,000 ($15 million today) that went into erecting Boston’s Fenway Park in 1912. Fast-forward a century or so to today, where the cost to build a new Major League Baseball stadium is between $500 million and $1.2 billion (yes, billion). With MLB revenues approaching $9.5 billion in 2016, new ballparks and stadium renovations have proven to be an economic home run, and not just for the many stakeholders, but for the greater community as well.
When developers and project managers look for a power hitter to monitor and showcase the progress of their new stadiums and renovations, Sensera Systems steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park.
Milwaulkee Brewers’ Spring Training Facility
Maryvale Ball Park, the home of Milwaukee Brewers’ Spring Training Facility in Phoenix, AZ is currently undergoing a major renovation. A new high-performance natural turf practice field will be constructed that will have the same dimensions and layout as the Brewer’s stadium, Miller Park, in Milwaukee, WI. Additionally, the renovations will include a new clubhouse, concessions stands, as well as retail, ticketing and support areas. The Maryvale Ball Park utilizes Sensera’s high-resolution MC88 solar-powered, wireless camera to monitor progress and provide surveillance for Brewer’s training facility during the renovation. The camera brings rich 16MP still images for project documentation and 4K HD time-lapse along with full 1080p streaming and recorded video. The project is slated to be completed in time for the Brewers’ 2019 Spring Training Camp. Check out their progress before the first pitch here: Milwaukee Brewers / Maryvale Ballpark Project.
State-of-the-Art MiLB Ballparks
Major league teams aren’t the only ones putting Sensera Systems on-deck. Minor League and College teams are also loading the bases when their project managers insert Sensera into the line-up.
SRP Park at Riverside Village – North Augusta, South Carolina – Augusta GreenJackets
The Augusta GreenJackets pitched their Inaugural Season at the newly completed SRP Park, a state-of-the-art baseball facility in MiLB. Sensera Systems’ solutions allowed baseball fans and North Augusta’s city officials alike to monitor the progression of the new facility, considered the centerpiece of the greater Riverside Village development, from start to finish. Watch as crews turn mud into a lush green baseball diamond and high tech live-work-play ball facility along the Savannah River.
Fayetteville, NC Ballpark – Buies Creek Astros
The City of Fayetteville, NC expects an economic home run and excitement in the community is growing for the Fayetteville Baseball Stadium & Entertainment Venue project. The Fayetteville, NC Ballpark will be the home of the Buies Creek Astros, a MiLB team and farm team of the Houston Astros. Slated to be completed prior to the 2019 season, Sensera’s cameras allow all stakeholders to view the progression of the Fayetteville, NC Ballpark Project with live HD images, streaming video, and time-lapse footage.