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Savannah officials to visit Fort Wayne ballpark

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Parkview Field

If this doesn't convince Savannah officials about the need for a new ballpark, nothing will: The City Council will visit Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low Class A; Midwest League).

Hardball Capital, which owns both the TinCaps and the Savannah Sand Gnats (Low Class A; Sally League), has been working on a new ballpark plan for a Grayson Stadium replacement. Of late there's been movement on partial public funding of a new ballpark; Hardball Capital would presumably work on the same sort of public-private partnership that worked so well at Parkview Field, one of the finest ballparks in Minor League Baseball and a economic stimulous for downtown Fort Wayne.

From the Savannah Morning News:

“I need to see it, I need to read some more, and I need more facts about the stadium,” said Councilmember Estella Shabazz. “Is there a parallel between Fort Wayne and Savannah? Do their venues compare? Do they have similar population?

“I’m a visual person, so I would like to see what’s going on in Fort Wayne.”

The Sand Gnats currently play at Historic Grayson Stadium, which opened in 1926 and was rebuilt in 1940-1941 in a project partially funded by the WPA.

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