The Modesto Nuts could have a new baseball stadium downtown

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Faced with a tight deadline, Modesto community leaders have a potential new plan to build a minor league ballpark in downtown Modesto. If approved, the ballpark would be built in the four-block area between 10th and 12th and D and F streets. That land, said small-business owner Kirk Miller, is not not a home run for him. Streets for 26 years. If the ball is thrown, Miller fears his business will suffer. “I know that if I move, it will cost me dearly. It’s gonna cost me a third of my business for a while. I just know it is,” Miller said, recalling a time when he moved years ago and lost a third of his clients at the time. a huge economic engine. “It’s really just a perfect location. It’s just on the edge of the heart of downtown,” said Lynn Dickerson, project manager for the project. Dickerson said the site is close to parking lots, restaurants and others The draft may be what the city needs to keep the minor league baseball team, the Modesto Weirds, home, she said,” Dickerson said. | MORE | Major League Baseball cancels spring training games through March 4 due to lockdown says city and county must review feasibility study Once entities review study, they will are scheduled to meet with the band on March 30 to discuss next steps. In addition to that, the public will also be asked. “We need to determine if it can (move) forward, but we think it has great potential to be as a game-changing project for our community,” Dickerson said. Dickerson added that the project will be expensive, but they are hoping for public-private partnerships, city and county bonds, and that the group will raise funds from the private sector. Miller said he thought the project would be better suited elsewhere, but added, if the price is right, the game is on. “Everything is for sale at the right price,” Miller said.

Faced with a tight deadline, Modesto community leaders have a potential new plan to build a minor league ballpark in downtown Modesto.

If approved, the ballpark would be built in the four-block area between 10th and 12th and D and F streets.

The new multi-purpose stadium would bring baseball and minor league football and entertainment into 2025 if the schedule goes as planned. This pitch, said small business owner Kirk Miller, is not a home run for him.

“They begged us to come here and open businesses downtown and now I feel like I’ve been betrayed,” Miller said.

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Miller Automotive has been on E and 1oth streets for 26 years. If the ball is thrown, Miller fears his business will suffer.

“I know that if I move, it will cost me dearly. It’s gonna cost me a third of my business for a while. I just know it is,” Miller said, recalling a time when he moved years ago and lost a third of his clients at the time.

However, the group behind ‘The Great Valley Coliseum’ project believes the plan could be a huge economic driver.

“It’s really just a perfect place. It’s just on the edge of the downtown core,” said Lynn Dickerson, project manager for the project.

Dickerson said the site is close to parking lots, restaurants and other venues. The draft may be what the city needs to keep the minor league baseball team, the Modesto Madmen, at home, she said.

“We’re under pressure because the Major League Baseball association has imposed standard requirements on minor league teams,” Dickerson said.

| MORE | Major League Baseball cancels spring training games through March 4 due to lockdown

Madmen will have to upgrade the existing ballpark, John Thurman Field, or submit a new plan to open a new ballpark by the 2023 season. Dickerson said the city and county need to look at a feasibility study. Once entities have reviewed the study, they are to meet with the group on March 30 to discuss next steps. In addition to this, the public will also be polled.

“We need to understand if it can (move forward), but we think it has great potential to be like a game-changing project for our community,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson added that the project will be expensive, but they are hoping for public-private partnerships, city and county bonds, and that the group will raise funds from the private sector.

Miller said he thinks the project would be better suited elsewhere, but added that if the price is right, the game is on.

“Everything is for sale at the right price,” Miller said.

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