JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – While Lansing already has its Lugnuts, cautious optimism is building for those who want a baseball team to call Jackson home.
Commanding Curve Corporation President Dan DuBois said, “we’ve done through Experience Jackson our convention visitors bureau commissioned a feasibility study to say, ‘hey, would this work here?’ and all signs point to yes.”
The proposed Frontier League baseball team has been in the works since 2014. The site would sit where the former Jackson County Fairground horse race tracks are currently located.
Jackson County Commission Board Chairman James “Steve” Shotwell said, “it will begin to help revitalize the 130 year old fairground site. And, it would take advantage of the synergy of what Downtown Jackson is doing right now.”
Even though there is public and county support for this project, they need a naming rights partner to make it happen.
“We need to make substantial progress by June 30th. And, that will help us take it to the next point with the county. If we get a bunch of no’s by then, we’ll just say, ‘hey, we gave it our best shot,'” said DuBois.
The Frontier League may not be exactly like going to Lansing Lugnuts game, but county officials think this will electrify the city.
“I think it will energize the restaurants and get a lot of people more involved and get a positive attitude in Downtown Jackson,” said Shotwell.
So, not only will it give more entertainment to the Jackson County Fairgrounds, it could lift the city up as a whole.
The naming rights sponsor could chip in anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000 a year. A new Frontier League ball park could run as much as $9 million to $12 million to build.