Discussion of a new High Point ballpark and surrounding development took place on Monday, as a public hearing included details on the proposal.
Over the last few months, we have been covering the proposal in High Point. The independent Atlantic League has been linked to the plan, and local officials are pitching the possibility of constructing the ballpark as part of a goal to bring redevelopment to the city’s downtown.
A point that was emphasized by officials was that the ballpark, along with the surrounding amenities, would help bring people downtown on a more consistent basis. Residents, meanwhile, also weighed in on their thoughts, with some expressing intrigue in the proposal. More from WFMY:
“What we want is entertainment for our community to be able to go to,” said Heidi Galanti, one of the planning leaders, “And to not have to go to another community for that. We do want it to be popping 365 days a year.”
“I think the proposal will help make it a year-round destination,” said [resident and business owner Sue] Fairchild.
The city-owned stadium will cost $45-million dollars. They paid $15 million for the land, and will spend another $30 million to build the stadium. However, that money is not coming from the taxpayers. City leaders say they are borrowing the money, with plans to pay it back with revenue from the stadium, such as leasing agreements, ticket sales and facility fees.
Officials are currently estimating that the ballpark will open in 2019. High Point is close to two affiliated minor league markets––it is less than 20 miles from Greensboro and about 25 from Winston-Salem. The area is also the current home of the High Point-Thomasville HighToms (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League), who play at historic Finch Field.