Stadium study approved by council - - Jackson, MS

Stadium study approved by council

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Ten years ago, Tim Bennett, the owner of Overtime Sports, hit a home run bringing Trustmark Park and the Mississippi Braves to the city of Pearl. He made the same pitch to Jackson city officials first back then, but they balked. Bennett's back, and this time they're listening.

With a unanimous vote, Jackson city council members approved a baseball stadium feasibility study to be done by Tim Bennett of Overtime Sports Tuesday. Most recently Bennett's helped bring another minor league baseball team and stadium to Biloxi, this time he's thinking smaller.

"This will be a facility built for colleges to play baseball in hopefully to lure the RBI program to give Jackson public schools a place to play and also to do other entertainment events such as concerts," said Bennett.

This stadium, slated for Jackson, would cost $25,000 and would seat about 4 thousand, about half the size of Trustmark Park. City leaders say it's location could spur more economic development.

"Downtown would be perfect, downtown has the opportunity to be the epicenter for the revitalization around the city," said Mayor Tony Yarber. "It's been proven around the county no different with what's happened in other urban areas that have seen revitalization."

The feasibility study will determine where the best location will be, what economic benefits and revenues the city could see, and who would benefit from using the stadium. 

City leaders say they believe Bennett's plan will work.

"I can only go on his track record and it's commendable," said Margaret Barrett Simon, who was on the council the first time around. "He's done good work in other cities and we're ready to give him a chance to show us this is what we need in Jackson."

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