April 16, 2009
AUGUSTA---Progress is reported today on a new downtown baseball stadium for Augusta.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Augusta Greenjackets ownership group head Cal Ripken, Jr. talked about it Thursday afternoon at Lake Olmstead stadium.
They say the city and team owners have been talking to state leaders about acquiring the former Golf and Gardens property along Reynolds Street between the main fire station and 13th Street.
Both say Governor Sonny Perdue is lending his support for the idea.
and say ground could be broken sometime this fall.
The new stadium would be a public-private partnership and could be ready to open in time for the 2011 baseball season.
The Greenjackets have their home opener for the 2009 South Atlantic League season Thursday ngiht against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Ripken, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.