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New Bakersfield ballpark receives preliminary approval

Bakersfield BlazeA proposed new ballpark for the Bakersfield Blaze (High Class A; California League) has received preliminary approval from the local Board of Zoning Adjustment, as the project heads for a 2014 opening.

The new ballpark, to be financed privately by new team ownership, will be located at the Bakersfield Commons development, at Coffee and Brimhall roads. Owners Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway made development of a new 5,000-seat ballpark a priority after purchasing the team earlier this season.

The new ballpark will replace Sam Lynn Ballpark.

After a public comment period, the project will then move to a permitting stage, when construction can begin.

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