JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Plans to bring a professional baseball team to the Jackson are heating up.
But long before the first pitch can ever be thrown, they’ll need a stadium to play ball in.
It’s a field of dreams for Dan DuBois.
He’s leading the charge to turn the Jackson County Fairgrounds into a new ball park.
“It’s an emotional rollercoaster, so some days it looks great and some days you’re like, that was disappointing,” DuBois said.
Plans have been released showing new additions added to the current grandstand at the fairground to make a new ball park.
But it still needs a name.
Commanding Curve, the group that’s putting this effort together, was just given another extension to find a naming sponsor.
This is their third extension given by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
The naming sponsor will pay $300,000 a year for ten years to have their name on the stadium.
“There are a lot of them that have expressed interest. But it will take them a little bit of time to get through it,” DuBois said.
If the naming sponsor isn’t figured out in time, the county could stop the project from happening.
“The naming rights deal is the biggest hurdle we have left and I think the other stuff, we can figure it out,” DuBois said.
They now have a deadline of February 28 to find a sponsor.
If that happens, Jackson County will move ahead with plans to build the $12 million project.
“What we’re going to be doing over the next couple months is achieve more local financial commitments,” DuBois said.
The group hopes to have a Frontier League team start playing ball here in spring 2018.