Plans for the ballpark in the Multi-purpose Event Venue are moving forward, and it could be gaining some minor league attention.
Ideas for designing the ballpark are underway, and it’s also getting nationwide attention.
Local Government Corporation Board Member and Downtown Amarillo Inc. Chair John Lutz says he can see some teams coming to town all because of the new ballpark.
He tells us after doing much research, they have discovered what makes a winning ballpark these days is 50-percent the sport and 50-percent entertainment.
He says, “By virtue of attracting a team who is going to not only have a great baseball product, but also have a great entertainment product, by giving them an opportunity to come in and be a part of the foundational level so to speak in forming, you know the different business models that could be a part of this thing, I think that we are in good shape.”
Amarillo Thunderheads owner Gary Elliston tells us he hopes his team will be playing in the new ballpark as well.
“I really truly want the Thunderheads to be the team that occupies that stadium, but I’m not surprised that there might be some other interests there.”
He says anyone who has a baseball team should be interested in playing here. saying it’s a great community, with a great history, and great supporters.
Elliston tells us independent baseball is a great deal about entertainment, and the Thunderheads would fit right in at the new facility.
“We do think that in the new ballpark that we will be able to provide a great product, great family entertainment, at a very reasonable price. We hope that this is something that will come to pass in the near future and we look forward to being part of the Amarillo community,” says Elliston.
Lutz tells us he believes the fact that people went out and voted for baseball in our community is very intriguing for people and the players.
He says the LGC is ready to get to work on the MPEV.
They’ll work on developing a project plan with the city in the next LGC meeting early next month.