A new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) came one step closer to reality last night after the Augusta Commission voted to move forward and negotiate a “transaction plan” with Ripken Baseball for a new facility.
The vote authorizes negotiations but doesn’t specify a ballpark site, nor does it commit the city to anything. What it does do is move forward discussions between the city to determine who could pay what on a proposed $38.7 million ballpark; it would also cover discussions of where the ballpark could be located. Previously the city had floated a riverfront location for a ballpark, but the resolution passed by the commission specifically did not list a location.
The next step: discussions. Ripken Baseball VP Jeff Eiseman told a local TV station pretty much everything is on the table, and his firm is ready to put up money on the project.
A new ballpark would replace Lake Olmstead Stadium.
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