The mid Michigan area has benefitted greatly from the Lansing Lugnuts, who are beginning their 14th season. The ballpark has made the downtown area much more upbeat and swank, if that's the right term. More people go downtown and more retail and business has taken place because of Oldsmobile Park and all of its activities. Minor league baseball is still popular because of its affordability and because the city and Lugnuts' owner Tom Dickson have continued to maintain the quality of the stadium's look, people enjoying visiting.
I think it's a good business move by the Lugnuts to offer food discount nights-- concessions are expensive at other sporting events-- like Michigan State and in Detroit. But the Lugnuts are trying to address that. They have 70 home games and good weather is the biggest seller. Who knows if the name Oldsmobile Park will ever change, but the interest in class A baseball in the community over the years clearly has not eroded. The best year of attendance occured a long time ago, but every year, several hundred thousand fans can be counted on to pay and attend games. Good for Lansing.