For now, the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District will wait to issue its decision on a proposed Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) ballpark.
The Bullfrogs and parent company Big Top Baseball have pitched a new, $9 million ballpark as part of a downtown development plan called The Shipyard. Both the city and the Bullfrogs are expected to contribute to the facility’s cost, but additional funding could be sought through the stadium district.
The contribution from the stadium district has been expected to be around $500,000, and it was previously believed that the request could be approved as early as this month. However, the stadium district will wait until a later meeting to decide on the proposal, though some members offered a positive response to the plan. More from the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
“This is a chance to revitalize and create a corridor from Walnut Street to Mason Street. This is the area that needs it most,” said Patrick Webb, stadium district executive director.
The project requires city council approval.
Board members all praised the project, but chairwoman Ann Patteson, Sen. Rob Cowles and Margaret Jensen each said they’d like to wait until the next meeting before voting.
“If I was to approve it today, I’d want a list of contingencies that would take another hour to work out,” Patteson said. “There’s a part of me that wants this locked into place (by the city).”
In addition to the Bullfrogs, the ballpark is expected to host other events throughout the year, including soccer matches.
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