COLLEGE BALLPARK RANKINGS: HI CORBETT GETS HIGH MARKS – Stadium Journey Magazine spent the past two seasons conducting a comprehensive analysis of Division I college baseball parks, and ranking them according to overall experience. This week they released their findings, with Tucson’s Hi Corbett Field coming in at #11. Factors in their analysis included food and beverage, overall atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, parking, traffic, restrooms and many others. “The move off-campus was huge for the program, and it showed by winning a National Championship in the first year at Hi Corbett. The increased revenue has also changed the landscape of PAC-12 baseball, as Arizona State is now moving out of Packard Stadium to Phoenix Municipal in 2015,” wrote Stadium Journey correspondent Jason Bartel. “This year, Hi Corbett actually looks like it is part of Wildcat Athletics, and will be for a long time to come.” From Stadium Journey Magazine. Read Stadium Journey’s 2013 College Ballpark Rankings here. Read about how Hi Corbett joined national attendance leaders here.
RIO NUEVO, NORVILLE TO EXPLORE HOTEL OPTIONS – The Rio Nuevo board voted unanimously Monday night to open negotiations with Allan Norville for the joint development of an up-to-250-room hotel and an exhibition hall across from the Tucson Convention Center, on the west side of Granada Avenue. The plan is to jointly develop Rio Nuevo's 8.5-acre property where the current Greyhound Depot sits and the adjacent land owned by Norville's company Nor-Generations LLC, much of which is now used for parking or temporary exhibit halls for the Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows. From the Star.
COUNTY RECORDER ACCEPTS VAIL’S SIGNATURES, INCORPORATION QUESTION HEADED FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT – Vail registered voters will determine in a November election if the town will be incorporated. The Pima County Recorder's Office confirmed that The Citizens of Vail committee collected 1,027 valid signatures, hundreds more than the required 717 signatures needed to hold an election on November 5. Tucson’s M&C passed a resolution earlier this year in support of Vail’s effort to incorporate. From KOLD/KMSB.
SUN TRAN LAUNCHING NEW FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM SUNDAY – Sun Tran is making a final push to remind passengers to be ready for the launch of SunGO, the new fare payment system on City transit vehicles on June 30. Using “smart card” technology, the SunGO system aims to make fare payments and transfers faster and more convenient on Sun Tran, Sun Express, and eventually Sun Link streetcar services. Sun Tran’s current magnetic passes will not be accepted after June 29. From KOLD/KMSB.
TUCSON 12: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION GOES CITYWIDE – The Environmental Services Department has expanded its Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program to include 2nd Saturday drop off locations throughout the City. Examples of items that should be dropped off at an HHW collection include paint, motor oil, lighter fluid, household cleaners, pool chemicals, and fertilizers. From Tucson 12.