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Louisiana Tech Helps Keep Smith-Wills Stadium in Business

The Ruston (LA)-based Louisiana Teach University Bulldogs baseball team is scheduled to play in nine conference games at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson (MS) in 2020.  The team was forced to move out of their home ballpark because of an  April 2019 tornado.  Smith-Wills has narrowly avoided demolition and was leased to a new sports management group last year.  Read more and view photo here.

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Smith-Wills Stadium Getting New Operator?

The co-owner of a Biloxi baseball team could soon be manager of Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson (MS).  Only one firm submitted a proposal to manage the stadium — Kusche Sports Group.  Read more here.

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The Future of Jackson’s Smith-Wills Stadium

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.

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Jackson Ballpark Study Preliminary Findings Coming Soon

Jackson State UniversityEntrepreneur Tim Bennett, who is conducting a research study into the feasibility of building a new 4,000-seat baseball stadium in Jackson (MS) for college and other amateur teams, said the city of Jackson has yet to execute the $25,000 contract it approved on Dec. 2.  Still, Bennett plans to present his preliminary findings to the mayor and the council before the end of the month.  Read more here.

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Jackson to Fund Ballpark Feasibility Study

Jackson State UniversityThe Jackson (MS) City Council authorized a contract Tuesday morning for entrepreneur Tim Bennett to conduct a study regarding the feasibility of building a new 4,000-seat collegiate baseball stadium in Jackson.  Read more here and here.  Jackson State University has been mentioned as a possible tenant.

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Bringing Pro Ball Back to Jackson (MS)?

Jackson MetsDespite a team in nearby Pearl (MS), Tim Bennett, president of Jackson (MS)-based Overtime Sports and co-owner of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS), is taking another run at bringing minor league baseball back to Jackson.  A site being targeted for a proposed new ballpark is at the corner of Mill and Hamilton streets in the historic Farish Street District.  Read more here.  UPDATED:  In another report, the ballpark would be for Jackson State, not a new pro team, which makes far more sense.  Read more here.

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