Mayor Tony T. Yarber and the City Council Approve Feasibility Study for Collegiate Baseball Stadium in Downtown Jackson
Mayor Tony T. Yarber and the Jackson City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 2, unanimously approved a feasibility study for a state-of-the-art collegiate baseball stadium in downtown Jackson.
The Mayor and Council heard from Tim Bennett, president of Overtime Sports, LLC, who explained the study is the first step in possibly locating the stadium in Jackson. The stadium would have multiple uses, including as a youth, high school and collegiate baseball facility and amphitheater.
“This is a great opportunity for the City of Jackson to support the community and generate economic development,” Yarber said.
Bennett has handled the relocation of three minor league teams nationwide, including the Tampa Bay Rays (AA), Atlanta Braves (AA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (AA). Bennett is the only minor league baseball team owner in Mississippi. He developed Trustmark Park in Pearl and is currently developing MGM Park on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“I have high hopes this will attract Major League Baseball’s RBI program to have a more profound impact and presence in the city of Jackson,” said Bennett, referring to the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program.
The cost of the study is $25,000 each month for four months. The city has the option to suspend the payments after the first presentation.
Kingfish note: It was Bennett who tried to build a new stadium and keep the braves in Jackson. Problem was the Mayor at the time fought it and ran it off to Rankin County.