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New Cleburne Ballpark on Tap for 2017

Cleburne Railroaders

With Hunt Construction hired today to build a new Cleburne (TX) ballpark, it’s possible we could see a home for the Cleburne Railroaders open in time for the 2017 season.

So far the focus has been on the funding plan for the ballpark, which would be part of a larger $100-million development. Voters approved a half-cent sales-tax hike last November to back $25 million in bonds for the new ballpark. The city has already spent $10 million on 74.4 acres of land for the development, and private interests are planning Cleburne Station, an adjacent dining and retail complex. Hunt will be working with a budget of $20.7 million, with plans expected this summer.

The new ballpark even has a name: The Depot. Besides hosting pro baseball — the independent American Association has been discussed in conjunction with the Railroaders — The Depot is also planned as a community event center, including soccer matches.

The development would be at the southeast corner of U.S. 67 and Chisholm Trail Parkway, serving as a gateway to Cleburne.

It would mark the return of pro baseball to Cleburne, but there are probably not too many who remember those times: the last pro team played in 1922. (Edited to correct this end date)

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