Tuesday, 28 September 2004

On the road again

Jeff Quinton notes that the AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx may be headed to Greenville, South Carolina, as a result of their AA team being headed to the greater Jackson area (specifically, Pearl, just across the eponymous river from Jackson) and becoming the Mississippi Braves.

Incidentally, the Diamond Jaxx franchise started out as the Memphis Chicks, who hit the road after no new stadium was forthcoming in Memphis; the Bluff City came out ahead on the deal by luring the Cardinals into awarding a AAA franchise, the Memphis Redbirds, and building a privately-financed, state-of-the-art baseball stadium, AutoZone Park.

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I need to blog on this when I get the chance but the situation has changed.

The owners of the Capital City Bombers (who are leaving Columbia) of the South Atlantic League have offered to build a new stadium downtown in the city of Greenville without it costing the city anything. The Bombers are now a Red Sox affiliate after being a Mets affiliate back to the days when they were originally known as the Columbia Mets. Their owners also own the Chattanooga Lookouts and the stadium would be essentially the same as that Stadium if it were built. The location would face some opposition from a nearby church which opposted the site when it was being talked about for a new stadium for the G-Braves.

The Diamond Jaxx negotiations are with Mauldin, a suburb which is 10–15 minutes from downtown along I-385. The stadium there would require the county to kick in part of the funding but would include on-site parking and larger suburban populations. There are complaints in the neighboring subdivisions about this location but the land has previously been zoned heavy use before baseball was a possibility.

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