Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Multipurpose stadium mulled over ...
By Madelyn Bankhead-Vieth
The city of Amarillo could build and operate a minor league baseball stadium that could serve as a multipurpose venue, a study showed.
The estimated cost of building the proposed ballpark with a mix of private and public funds is roughly $25 million, but funding sources have not been determined, said Downtown Amarillo Inc. Executive Director Melissa Dailey.
Results of the privately funded study, which cost $40,000, were presented at a public meeting Monday.
DAI found in its feasibility study, conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, a Plano-based company, that the venue could be profitable and spur more private-sector development in the area surrounding it.
A proposed location for the ballpark has not been determined.
"I'm really excited," Dailey said of the findings. "Intuitively we knew that minor league baseball could work. Amarillo is a regional draw, and there's always a demand for community activities."
The study also identified three possible independent baseball league options for Amarillo - the American Association, the Atlantic League, and the United League.
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