COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – On Monday, Midtown in College Station celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest addition part 1 of Texas Independence Ballpark.
Section 1 of the brand new ballpark will embody 4 baseball fields, batting cages, concessions stand, and rather more. It will likely be situated at 6904 Rock Prairie Highway past Baylor Scott and White’s Hospital. The Metropolis of College Station has contracted Vaughn Building for the $16.6 million challenge. The proposed second part is a part of subsequent month’s bond election which might add one other 4 fields.
College Station Mayor Karl Mooney mentioned town is trying ahead to what the ballpark does economically, but additionally making its mark on the sports activities world.
“These of us are gonna come right here, they’re going to have the ability to take part in competitions, they’ll be right here for a number of days when there’s a match,” Mooney mentioned. “They’ll be in our resorts, our eating places, fuel stations, each place and contributing to the financial welfare of our metropolis, and that advantages everyone.”
Steve Wright, director of College Station Parks and Recreation mentioned a high-level, first-class aggressive hardball discipline was one of many facilities that College Station Parks and Recreation’s sports activities tourism division didn’t have in its portfolio.
“I feel the utilization of those fields because the phrase is already getting out we’re already getting loads of curiosity from the touring groups that usually must go to Austin or Houston or among the bigger cities to have this dimension of a posh,” Wright mentioned. “They will now cease over right here in College Station, spend the weekend, and study extra about what we now have to supply.”
The Midtown space has supplied College Station a complete new space of development that town beforehand by no means had, Mooney mentioned.
“That is an evolving space, among the issues that you just’re seeing as we speak weren’t initially within the plans, actually this ballpark advanced wasn’t within the preliminary dialogue, however right here it’s. It’s a bonus we are able to participate in,” Mooney mentioned. “We’re going to maintain in search of what alternatives there aren’t simply in Midtown, however all through College Station.”
Mooney mentioned town already has extra plans to broaden the Midtown space with new condominium complexes and retail area.
“The Metropolis of College Station simply moved ahead with a sale of a giant piece of property there that’s going to be shifting alongside and grime goes to be flying fairly rapidly there to get that retail established,” Mooney mentioned.
With the continued growth Wright expects extra folks will go to College Station and see what makes town so particular.
“College Station has been found,” Wright mentioned. “With the opening of the freeways now everyone is coming right here. They’re discovering out what I additionally seek advice from as God’s nation. Lovely space, all of the facilities of a giant city but the texture of a small city.”
Mooney mentioned what he’s most trying ahead to seeing is the park come to fruition.
“That is a type of issues that additional places College Station on the map for the sports activities world, significantly from slightly below teenagers by means of the teenager years,” Mooney mentioned. “It’s going to be a positive instance of when College Station places its thoughts to doing one thing effectively and proper, it hits the mark.”
The ballpark can be open to the neighborhood, Wright mentioned.
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