Hamilton Joes Explore Building New Downtown Ballpark

Hamilton Joes LogoThe summer collegiate Hamilton Joes (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) are looking to build a new downtown baseball stadium. The ballpark would have 2,500 to 3,000 seats and cost between $7.5 million and $10 million, according to Hamilton (OH) architect Mike DingeldeinRead more here.

Hamilton Joes New Ballpark Rendering

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  1. Mark

    This sounds like a great ballpark. Do the Hamilton Joes have bigger aspirations than the GLSCBL?

    • ballparkbiz

      Mark,

      Good question. It wouldn’t surprise me. As you may recall, Hamilton’s Foundation Field was the temporary home for the Frontier League’s Florence Freedom, until their new park was built across the border in Florence (KY). There were some rumblings at the time about hosting a Frontier League franchise permanently in Hamilton. Here are some photos of Foundation Field from Charlie O’Reilly’s website:

      http://www.charliesballparks.com/st/OH-Hamilton-Foundation.htm

      Unless city leaders are pushing for a higher level of play (if in fact the Joes will be seeking public assistance), or the non-profit foundation ownership finds they must secure more home dates (they’re only playing around 20 now) to generate additional revenue to make this deal work, it’s certainly possible they could stick with the Great Lakes circuit. That said, it would be pretty groundbreaking (no pun intended) for a community or owner to spend this kind of money for this kind of park for a summer collegiate club. The best example might be Seaman Stadium, home of the non-profit summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs of Canada’s Western Major Baseball League. By adding a training fieldhouse and other baseball facilities to the complex, they have found a formula that works. Here is a link to their ballpark:

      http://www.dawgsbaseball.ca/Facilities.aspx?sub=Seaman%20Stadium

      In any case, this process is in it’s very early stages, so there are a lot of unanswered questions.

      Alan

      • Mark

        Seaman look great. It’s a shame there is no higher level of baseball in that region for the Dawgs to play at. The park looks good enough for the Pioneer league for sure.

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