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Jackson's 'Field of Dreams'?

Sep 14, 2014

Backers of a plan to bring pro-baseball to downtown Jackson may make their pitch official this week.

If Jackson builds it, will people come? A group is conducting a market study to see if people in Jackson want a downtown baseball stadium.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The group behind the ballpark plan isn’t saying much just yet. But they do have a website.

It says the group is conducting a market study. They’re trying to gauge potential public support for the plan which would include a privately financed stadium and possibly a crowd-source funded team of players.

There are about a half dozen minor league and independent baseball teams in Michigan:

Midland    -  Great Lakes Loons  -   Midwest League

Lansing    -   Lugnuts                   -    Midwest League

Grand Rapids  -  Whitecaps         -    Midwest League

Kalamazoo    -   Growlers            -    Northwoods League    

Battle Creek    -  Bombers            -    Northwoods League

Traverse City  -  Beach Bums       -   Frontier League

Jackson isn’t the only Michigan city hoping to turn a baseball diamond into economic development gold.

Last month, the city of Utica announced plans to build a $10 million dollar semi-pro baseball stadium of its own.