The future of Smith-Wills Stadium is still up in the air, with Jackson (MS) city officials still undecided how to move forward with the property. Last year, the city brought on Tim Bennett, owner of the Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A, Southern League), to do an assessment of stadium and help determine its viability for tournaments and events. Opening in 1975, a number of affiliated and independent clubs played at the ballpark over the years. Read more here.
Category Archives: Stadium Issues
Nashville (TN) Mayor David Briley is planning to seek $1 million in funding from the Metro Council to demolish Greer Stadium, former home of the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) and convert the land into a park. The mayor plans to put the plan before the council in April. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Significant changes to the design of the private development going on next to the Fayetteville (NC) baseball stadium under construction to host the coming Buies Creek Astros (Single-A, Carolina League) could bring rise to the city’s tallest office building and spur even more economic growth then expected. Read more and view rendering/old photo gallery here.
For the elected officials who want to see the Tampa Bay Rays move to Ybor City, it’s especially good news that Hillsborough County had a record-setting year collecting the Tourist Development Tax, which now sits at 5 cents per dollar spent by visitors to stay at hotels, motels and other short-term rentals. There is interest in raising the tax by 1 cent to help pay for a new ballpark. Read more here.
A big question for Augusta’s (GA) Lake Olmstead area is what the future holds for the city-owned baseball stadium, now that the Augusta GreenJackets (Single-A, South Atlantic League) are relocating to a new ballpark in North Augusta (SC). The city is considering its options. Some Augusta commissioners say it would be a great outdoor concert venue. Read more and watch news video here.
City officials have negotiated terms with Town Madison developers that will help provide the infrastructure needed for a multi-use stadium. The venue and infrastructure are key parts of the plan to bring the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) to Madison (AL). Read more here.