Ripken, leaders talk possible downtown stadium

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June 12, 2007 News 12 at 6 o'clock

AUGUSTA, Ga---Augusta GreenJackets co-owner Cal Ripken, Jr. could play a big role in keeping the Augusta's Golf Hall of Fame and Botanical Gardens open.

Tuesday, he met with Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the downtown baseball exploratory committee at Enterprise Mill.

Ripken baseball is interested in building a new stadium near the golf hall of fame, which is closing at the end of this month due to financial problems.

Tuesday afternoon, Ripken and Governor Sonny Perdue toured the site and Ripken told News 12 he is excited about the possibility of Augusta's golf and baseball coming together.

"I'm really excited about the potential design and how you can incorporate these things into the design into the great rich history of Augusta baseball, the golf, and the botanical gardens and a stadium," Ripken, Jr. told us.

He tells News 12 he is waiting on a feasibility study to come back before moving forward with the plans. He expects the study to be complete in August.

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