Another minor league team?
By: Jeff Cunningham & Heartland News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Could another minor league baseball team be coming to the Heartland?
According to one county commissioner, there have been two presentations already discussing two possible sites to build a stadium for a minor league ball team in Cape Girardeau.
"Basically, there has been a lot of interested parties in the city of Cape Girardeau and county that have been involved in bringing things in the community that do not exist that would be bringing in people into this community," said Jay Purcell, Cape County Commissioner.
Right now, it's just an idea but Purcell said it's an idea that has been getting tossed around even before the Miners and Rent One Park came to Marion.
"This conversation has been going on for years. Again, if you look at Cape Girardeau County, in the region we are a hub. We're a hub for education. We're a hub for jobs, hospital needs and this is just one more thing that if we can achieve this it would bring one more thing for our community," said Purcell.
We should stress that this idea is in it's earliest stages of planning. It's yet to be determined what size team, what league, stadium size and stadium location.
Purcell said one presentation involved a stadium complex by the Mississippi River near downtown Cape and another presentation involved an area near I-55, perhaps, near the new interchange.
There are so many variables. It begged a more direct question...does Purcell think baseball is coming to our area?
"I think in some point in time it's very possible. The main thing will be the cooperation with all the entities involved. As long as we don't get in to turf wars and we look at this as a regional draw which means we'll have to have regional cooperation with the city of Cape, city of Jackson and the county, I think it will happen," Purcell said.
Cooperation is important. Planners want Cape County, the cities of Cape and Jackson involved to make it happen.
Some more presentations are apparently happening in the near future. Stay with Heartland News for updates.