Progress on downtown Augusta baseball stadium


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.

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  • by Kay Location: AUG on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    We are in a terrible economy...what do we need a NEW stadium for. Augusta get your priorities together!
  • by Shannon on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    Has anyone considered the fact that the school system needs the money much more so than people need a stadium. If you can "collect" enough money to build a new stadium, then you can raise enough money to save the Richmond County school system which is getting worse each year. Augusta needs to get it's priorities straight, and a baseball stadium is purely entertainment. Education however is necessary and should always remain the numebr one priority regardless of the economy. Government officials should take this into serious consideration before allowing this new baseball stadium to be built. To not take this matter seriously would be detrimental to our children's education in the future.
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