The on-again, off-again downtown ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) will be up for discussion again, even though the preferred site looks to be taken over by a local college.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Ripken Baseball have long eyed a 16-acre site once slated to serve as home of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame as the potential site of a new GreenJackets ballpark, but various issues (including state inertia at deciding what to do with the site) has prevented any movement toward a new ballpark.
Now the state wants to transfer the land to Georgia Health Sciences University, which is merging with Augusta State University to form a new institution. And, as part of that, a multiuse sports facility may actually be on the agenda, depending on what happens during a Friday meeting between GHSU and city officials on the future of the land.
“This is a meeting that has been there on the books for a while,” GHSU President Ricardo Azziz told the Augusta Chronicle. “I think we are still interested in hearing what proposals there might be. We’ve not closed down any options.”
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