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June 25, 2015
Dothan Chamber And CVB Pursue Feasibility
Study Of Minor League Baseball In Dothan
DOTHAN, Ala. – The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dothan Area
Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that they have retained the leading sports advisory and planning firm in the nation – Conventions, Sports and Leisure International – to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of a new minor league baseball stadium and team in Dothan.
Based out of Plano, Texas, CSL is the industry’s leading market and financial feasibility study provider to the sports, entertainment, tourism and leisure facility industries.
Matt Parker, DACC president, and Bob Hendrix, CVB director, jointly stated, “Pursuing a study on the possibility of a minor league baseball stadium and team in Dothan is about three things: 1) creating jobs and enhancing economic development opportunities; 2)
improving the quality of life; and 3) providing a facility/venue that can attract additional recreational, cultural and social opportunities to our area which could include concerts,family-friendly amusements, high school, college and university events, charity events and special events including weddings, office and holiday parties and celebrations.”
Parker and Hendrix continued, “An independent and outside analysis will provide the information and data needed to make a fully informed decision on market demand,financial operations, project financing and economic development opportunities associated with a minor league stadium and team in Dothan. This is the business community uniting together to help keep our great area moving forward with vision and
purpose. We are excited to get started with this report, and we welcome citizens input and ideas as this process moves forward.”
Once the feasibility study has begun, there will be a survey that interested citizens and businesses can participate in. In addition, a “Minor League Baseball in Dothan” Facebook page is being created to help keep followers up-to-date on the latest developments.
CSL’s consultants have 150 years of combined experience and have been involved in over 1,000 engagements for sports and other public assembly developments throughout the country. CSL has recently consulted on numerous ballpark projects such as Regions Field in Birmingham, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium and Coolray Field in Lawrenceville,Georgia. They have also served as advisors to two-thirds of Major League Baseball’s ballparks including the New York Yankees stadium, Wrigley Field and Marlins Ballpark in Miami.
The feasibility study is expected to be completed in 12 weeks. Cost of the study could total $50,000, depending on the multiple faced approach, which will be paid by the Dothan business community and CVB.