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Old 06-05-2008, 04:53 PM
 
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Bowling Green is in the middle of a huge downtown redevelopment project. Ground was broken for a new baseball stadium for a semi pro team that will be coming to town. Here is an overview of what the area will look like once finished.




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Old 06-05-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Very nice! The ballpark looks cool.
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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Very nice! The ballpark looks cool.

I just hope the ball park is successful and pays for itself. There were several feasibility studies showing that we couldn't support it.
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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I will be amazed if ALL of that is built and has occupants. So who is footing the bill? I have a good guess. It does look pretty nice though.
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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Some of it has already been built. I don't know how many years the plan is for. Some is funded by private investors and companies, but the ball park is being paid for by a "loan" from the city which is supposed to be paid back through a tax assessment on the arena. Of course, if it is not successful, guess who pays for it?
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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I just hope the ball park is successful and pays for itself. There were several feasibility studies showing that we couldn't support it.
Agree, the downtown redevelopment will be a big boost for Bowling Green for a long time to come. However, I worry about the ball park. Lexington has a single A team as well and serves as the hub/entertainment center for most of central and eastern KY.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Agree, the downtown redevelopment will be a big boost for Bowling Green for a long time to come. However, I worry about the ball park. Lexington has a single A team as well and serves as the hub/entertainment center for most of central and eastern KY.
How far do people drive for single A ball? For that low in the chain, I wouldn't figure more than 60 miles.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I don't understand the appeal of minor league baseball. I can see a Reds game for cheaper than a Louisville Bats game. The quality of minor leagues is the same as college, and I can see a college baseball game for FREE at U of L and UK has very cheap ticket prices
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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I don't understand the appeal of minor league baseball. I can see a Reds game for cheaper than a Louisville Bats game. The quality of minor leagues is the same as college, and I can see a college baseball game for FREE at U of L and UK has very cheap ticket prices

I agree. WKU baseball games don't exactly draw major crowds as it is. This was not something most people thought was a great idea, but you know how that goes.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:08 PM
 
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How far do people drive for single A ball? For that low in the chain, I wouldn't figure more than 60 miles.
Plus, if you live 60 miles north of BG, you'll go to the Riverbats, if you were 60 miles south, you are in Nashville, you'd go to the Sounds. My point about Lexington is that much of central KY and all of eastern KY goes to Lexington for entertainment: concerts, UK basketball/football, weekend in the "big city"... because there are no other options. As far as I know, the Legends do pretty well attendance wise for a single A team. I just don't think there is enough people to pull from around BG for this to be successful. Hopefully, I am proven wrong.
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