A preliminary study estimates that placing a baseball stadium downtown could bring as many as 400,000 people to the city center, said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
“I don’t want to comment too much on it other than to say that I’m putting together an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of a downtown baseball stadium,” he said.
The mayor plans to propose a multi-use facility that can be used year-round.
“I think that could be a tremendous shot in the arm for our city center.”
Without saying much, Copenhaver has already convinced someone. Flyers in favor of the idea began being posted around the historic river district last week.
“I take that as a good sign, but I have no clue about who’s putting those up. But at least it shows there’s some support out there,” he said.
Concerns about the fate of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame drew alternate ideas out into the open, and Copenhaver said that he has had conversations with their board chair, Bryan Persons, and that one of the committee members is GGHF Executive Director Dianne King.
Copenhaver said that the stadium project could fit on the remainder of the 14-acre site without disturbing the botanical gardens.
“Ultimately, it could be a win-win and you could incorporate the Golf Hall of Fame into the stadium,” Copenhaver said. “But it’s in its infancy and there’s much work to be done.”