In a galaxy far, far away, the Lansing Lugnuts held one of their fan-favorite themed nights, Star Wars Night on June 16 where they hosted the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost, 7-1. While the Lugnuts lost, the force was with the audience as there were different Star Wars themed events and prizes. In-between field changes and timeouts, select fans were able to play fun mini-games like “Burger Dash” and “Categories” to entertain the waiting audience. “Baseball games are always a blast to go to because they really make the effort to get the fans involved,” Taylor Konwinski said. “It’s why I always end up coming to more and more games.”
The biggest fan interaction came from the opportunity to take pictures with Darth Vader, stormtroopers and Jedi manhunter, Nico the Fett.
By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter
LANSING — Downtown Lansing is busy. The city attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the state to work and attend festivities every day, Layna Anderson, communications and marketing manager of Downtown Lansing Inc., said. According to the U.S. Census, Ingham County contains 22,700 firms. Lansing is responsible for roughly 37 percent of the total number of firms in Ingham County with 8,363. The capital city contains many businesses, Anderson said. “Downtown Lansing Inc. wants to make Lansing a place where people want to be,” Anderson said.
LANSING- Five years ago, the construction of a new building along downtown’s river trail was completed, serving as a new home for the Lansing City Market, an establishment serving Lansing since 1909. What was planned to be a great gain for locals has not pleased all. Many who remember the old market are not satisfied with the new market’s lack of farmer’s market characteristics. However, city officials and the Lansing City Market itself said the facility has evolved from the traditional model. “My problems with the ‘city market’, is that ‘the city’ has taken away the image of the ‘farmers market’ where local growers would be welcome to bring their home grown and homemade goods for sale,” said Alice Florida, long-time Lansing resident.
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It’s the crack of the bat on a warm summer night. It’s the smell of a ballpark hot dog floating through the air. It’s 12,000-plus chanting “Go Nuts” in unison. It’s the professional sports team of the capital city. It’s Lansing Lugnuts baseball.
The city of Lansing is mandated to renovate the Cooley Law School Stadium that houses Lansing’s minor league baseball stadium, but a local developer proposes a $22 million plan that would add a restaurant and apartments directly outside the stadium. City officials announced last Wednesday, March 12 that the proposal would include renovations to the stadium and residential apartments overlooking the outfield. The plan is set to take place over the next two seasons, The Lansing State Journal reports. It will be completely ready to open in 2016 on opening day, Lansing Lugnuts General Manager Nick Grueser said. Grueser said the project would take place in two phases, the first floor of the stadium complete by opening day in 2015, and floors two through five complete by 2016.