Royals VP who oversaw Kauffman Stadium renovation will move into new role

Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich will retire from his role overseeing the business side of the organization after 14 seasons in that position.

The Royals announced on Wednesday that Uhlich’s retirement will become official on October 30, and he’ll transition to a position as special assistant to team chairman and CEO John Sherman.

Royals senior vice president of baseball operations/general manager Dayton Moore expressed admiration and gratitude for Uhlich.

“Kevin has been a huge part of everything that we’ve accomplished,” Moore said. “I admire his steady, consistent leadership. He’s been extremely supportive of everything we’ve needed to do on the baseball side. It’s been a joy and a pleasure to work with him.

“As important as Alex Gordon has been on the field for us with his steadiness and consistency and commitment, Kevin Uhlich has been every bit of that in the front office.”

Uhlich served as the top executive in the business operations during a period that included an American League pennant in 2014 as well as a World Series championship in 2015.

Uhlich also ran the day-to-day operations through the transition of ownership from David Glass to Sherman and his ownership group last year as well as this year’s COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the shortened MLB season.

“I can’t thank Kevin enough for his support and hard work during our ownership transition over this past year,” Sherman said in a release from the club. “His knowledge of the business side of baseball has been a huge asset to me. While he’s stepping away from the day-to-day operations, we’re grateful that he will continue his valued relationship and institutional knowledge with our organization as an advisor. Our internal team will continue in their various roles with the same passion they bring every day.

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Town moving forward on bathrooms at football stadium


The Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex behind North Smithfield Middle School is the expected location of a new concession stand and bathroom facility negotiated as part of the Green Development solar project. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A proposed concession stand and bathroom facility that was negotiated as part of the Green Development solar farm is now in the design stages and could begin construction later this year, according to Town Administrator Gary Ezovski.

Ezovski briefed members of the Town Council on the status of the estimated $275,000 project on Monday. According to the administrator, the solar company has begun the permitting and design process for the facility and hopes to begin construction in the coming months.

“There should be a plan coming to us in the next few weeks with ambition that a shovel will be able to get in the ground in the next two months or so,” he said.

The two-part facility was proposed last year as one of the benefits to the town included in the development agreement for the 38.4-megawatt solar farm currently going up on Iron Mine Hill Road. Former Town Council President John Beauregard played a role in negotiating for the facility, which comes in lieu of a one-time payment by the developer.

Ezovski said on Monday the developer has contacted him to request data about the property’s septic system that the town has been collecting for several years. The current plan, he said, is to hook up the new facility to the existing septic system at the middle school.

“As many people will recall, the opportunity to install a separate system … is something that is just not feasible,” he said. “The space just isn’t available, so what we have identified, or has been identified, is the potential

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New Bryant-Denny Stadium capacity revealed after renovation

A little more than a week before a delayed reopening, Bryant-Denny Stadium’s renovations are wrapping up.

Bryant-Denny Stadium is undergoing a $107 million renovation with the first game of the 2020 season.

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Bryant-Denny Stadium is undergoing a $107 million renovation with the first game of the 2020 season.

Texas A&M will visit next Saturday in the first game in a reduced-capacity stadium that received an $107 million update.

The stadium will seat just under 20,000 fans as part of the social distancing requirements, Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said in a Thursday interview with

a close up of a green building: Bryant-Denny Stadium is undergoing a $107 million renovation with the first game of the season scheduled for Sept.12, 2020.

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Bryant-Denny Stadium is undergoing a $107 million renovation with the first game of the season scheduled for Sept.12, 2020.

Byrne also revealed the new capacity of the 91-year old stadium when it can be filled to the brim again one day.

Bryant-Denny Stadium will now seat 100,077 after the offseason renovations to club and luxury seating.

It had a capacity of 101,821 since the 2010 addition of the south end zone upper deck and luxury seating.

The new capacity will not impact Alabama’s standing on the list of largest college football stadiums. It remains No. 7, just behind LSU’s Tiger Stadium that seats 102,321. Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor remains the largest with seats for 107,601.

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Alabama’s shift to a slightly smaller capacity follows the trend of colleges pulling back from the arms race for the biggest while shifting to emphasize the premium experience.

It’s a smaller dip in total Bryant-Denny capacity than originally planned. The 2018 announcement of the overhaul called to remove most of the south end zone upper deck to make way for a massive video board and standing spaces. Byrne at the time said he expected the capacity to dip below the 100,000 mark

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Game time at new-look Hackley Stadium: Watch time-lapse video of $1 million renovation

MUSKEGON – Shane Fairfield was 9 years old when he played his first football game at Hackley Stadium.

Several years later, the memory is still vivid for Muskegon High School’s 11th-year head coach. The stadium, however, looks a bit different.

“That was exciting because I felt like I was in the Big House (at University of Michigan). I mean, being a 9-year-old kid going through that tunnel and seeing the field and there’s no track around it and that kind of stuff, I was blown away then,” Fairfield recalled earlier this week, as he prepared his Big Reds (1-0, 1-0 OK Green Conference) for their big crosstown matchup against Mona Shores (1-0, 1-0).

At 7 tonight, the Big Reds will finally get the opportunity to play in their upgraded, century-old stadium. As fate would have it, the rival Sailors will be on the opposing sideline.

Muskegon High School has been playing football at the Hackley Stadium site since 1907. The home of Michigan’s all-time winningest program has stood the test of time, but this summer the classic venue received a facelift in the form of an approximate $1 million renovation, including a new AstroTurf playing surface.

Watch MLive’s time-lapse video above — footage courtesy of The Christman Company, general contractor for the renovation project – to see the transformation of the iconic stadium.

“It turned out nice,” Muskegon senior Tyreese Oakes said. “This ain’t what I pictured because you can’t really see from a picture. And then they got done … from the sand, I’m like, ‘It’s just a normal field,’ but when they took a little bit by a little bit, it was awesome.”

Added Big Reds senior Amari Crowley: “I didn’t believe it at first, then I saw them breaking ground – I got

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