Let's put it to the old fashioned pros-and-cons test. Cons - none, that I can think of, but those who disagree with this idea may have a few:
- General obligation bond. If Cal Ripken and Major League Baseball are willing to invest in Augusta, shouldn't we be willing to invest in it ourselves? Plus, you'll be able to see where the money is going and enjoy the stadium for years.
- What's wrong with the current stadium, and what will happen to it? Probably very little is wrong with the current structure. Certainly it's better than the wooden bleachers that used to be there! There are numerous uses for the stadium: charitable organizations, youth baseball, high school games, regional/state games, Augusta State, Paine - the list goes on and on.
Pros - too many to mention here, but they all add up to a winning score for downtown Augusta. The ability to walk to games for current and future downtown residents seems quite appealing. What about folks from Evans or other surrounding areas? How about coming downtown, parking, having a family-friendly dinner and walking to a game?
Really seems to be a win for everyone involved - ownership, baseball but especially the local community. Sooner or later we have to support good ideas for our area. If we aren't willing to take advantage of these opportunities, someone else will - and we'll be left to wonder what could have been.
Graham Hill, Augusta