A new ballpark for the Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) is back on the table, as Green Bay officials will consider a revived plan this week.
Talks have occurred off and on in recent years for a new ballpark that would allow the Bullfrogs to move on from Joannes Stadium. Back in the spring, the Bullfrogs and parent company Big Top Baseball pitched a multiuse facility in downtown Green Bay that would be designed to host an estimated 150 events annually, including 36 Bullfrogs home games.
That plan appeared to have some momentum in March, when the Green Bay redevelopment authority (RDA) recommended that it remain up for consideration. However, the proposal was later scrapped after a vote from the Green Bay City Council. The RDA will reconsider the plan this week, but some of the details remain unknown. More from the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Terms of the new proposal haven’t been made public. The RDA will consider it in closed session on Tuesday.
The City Council’s finance committee in April rejected a proposal to build the $9 million stadium at 100 W. Mason St. because it would have required the city to finance $8 million in up-front costs for the project. Big Top Baseball, which owns the Bullfrogs, would have repaid the city $4 million through lease payments to use the facility.
It was previously proposed that the ballpark could open by the 2018 summer collegiate season. However, it remains to be seen if that timeline is still feasible.
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