JACKSON, Miss. – The City of Jackson maybe home to a new state-of-the-art collegiate baseball stadium.
Mayor Tony Yarber and the City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a feasibility study for a stadium that could be built in the downtown area in such a way that it could also be used as an amphitheater. “This is a great opportunity for the City of Jackson to support and generate economic development,” said Yarber.
The study will cost $25,000 a month for four months. And the city would have the option to stop payments if there is dissatisfaction with the first presentation.
Council members agreed to the contract after hearing encouraging comments from Tim Bennett, president of Overtime Sports, LLC. He is also the state’s only minor league baseball team owner. It was Bennett who led the development of Trustmark Park in Pearl and currently he’s doing the same type work for MGM Park on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“I feel a connection to the city of Jackson and I think it’s my best interest to do all I can to work with the city,” Bennett said. “I’m encouraged because I’ve seen the positive social and economic impact these developments can have on cities, such as in neighboring Pearl.”