Fifth Third ballpark http://michiganradio.org en Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu http://michiganradio.org/post/vote-now-get-your-favorite-food-added-fifth-third-ballpark-concession-menu <p>All right, you fans of West Michigan's Whitecaps, it's your chance to decide what treat will be added to the concession menu at Fifth Third Ballpark.</p><p>The annual <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20120220&amp;content_id=26765802&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;sid=t582&amp;vkey=">online poll</a> lets fans choose their favorite item from ideas submitted by fans. The team has pulled a top-10 list from hundreds of ideas.</p><p>Mickey Graham is with the West Michigan Whitecaps, and he joined us today to discuss some of the top choices.&nbsp;</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 16642 at http://michiganradio.org Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-27-2014 <p>You’ve heard it before, folks, time and time again. In today's economy, the more education one attains after high school, the better, right? But what if some students might be better served in other settings, academic or otherwise? Is it time for Michigan to develop some credible alternatives for high school grads? We’ll find out more on today’s show.</p><p>Then, we spoke to Daniel Howes about his reporting on Detroit's historic bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>And, Fifth Third Ballpark wants to expand its concessions menu. We took a look at some of the food options fans can vote for, including deep-fried lasagna and a bacon-and-chocolate taco.</p><p>Also, how can we keep young entrepreneurs fresh out of college in Michigan? The Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize awards them for launching their start-ups in state.</p><p>And, a new fee system for hunting and fishing goes into effect soon, and it’s the first significant raise in over 15 years. We spoke with Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what’s behind this increase.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</span></p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:55:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 16647 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Firefighters work to put out fire at Fifth Third Ballpark north of Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/firefighters-work-put-out-fire-fifth-third-ballpark-north-grand-rapids <p><strong>Update 3:15 p.m. </strong></p><p>The co-founder of the West Michigan Whitecaps is confident the Fifth Third Ballpark will reopen in time for baseball in April. It appears the fire damaged about a dozen luxury box suites, part of the clubhouse, some storage area and probably the control room too. West Michigan Whitecaps co-founder Denny Baxter told reporters during a press conference he’s confident the ballpark will be available on opening day, although there’s a good chance it won’t be completely rebuilt by then. There were no reported injuries because of the fire.</p><p><strong>Reported 12 p.m. </strong></p><p>A fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m. today at the Fifth Third Ballpark, a few miles north of Grand Rapids in Plainfield Township.</p><p>The smoke was thick enough to be seen from Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and to be picked up by National Weather Service radar.<br /><br />U.S. 131 runs right by the stadium, which can hold close to 10,000 people. The ballpark opened in 1994.</p><p>The stadium is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team, a Detroit Tigers’ Single A affiliate. The ballpark is also the venue for numerous concerts and events throughout the year, including the Michigan Brewers Guild’s annual Winter Beer Festival set for early next month.</p><blockquote><p><span class="userContent">Scott Graham, Executive Director of Michigan Brewers Guild issued this statement about the popular festival.<br /><br />"The Michigan Brewers Guild is certainly concerned about our upcoming beer festival at the Fifth Third Ballpark but our first concern is for all of our friends at the West Michigan Whitecaps. Our thoughts and prayers are with the staff at the ballpark today and we will assess what it means to the Guild after the damage is under control and can be assessed. Because our event is held outside the ballpark in the parking lot we are hopeful that it will turn out well. We will do our best to keep fans of MI beer informed in coming days as we learn more."</span></p></blockquote><p>Here are some images of the fire:</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:38:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15872 at http://michiganradio.org Firefighters work to put out fire at Fifth Third Ballpark north of Grand Rapids