Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:19 AM | Contributed by Chitown
Big League Dreams, a California company, is in talks with local officials about turning the shuttered Six Flags New Orleans site into a multi-million dollar, multi-stadiumed operation that would host everyone from little leaguers to lawyers who once dreamed of being major league sluggers.
Read more from The Times-Picayune.
This doesn't sound so pie-in-the-sky, compared to the Southern Star stuff. I'd be a lot more comfortable handing the keys to people already running similar businesses around the country.
Sports complexes can actually be a big draw for money, so this could be smart. Fort Wayne has a rather large amount of sports facilities for league usage and such, and recently broke ground on a new multi-ice rink facility with an adjacent hotel. That city survives very much on the support of sports (the new Minor League ballpark downtown is top notch). The only drawback I see for this situation is the location of SFNO relative to the rest of the major sports action for the city, which takes place around downtown. I'll go back to Fort Wayne as my example. All of the sports facilities (now with the exception of the ballpark downtown) are located on or directly off of the main road running across the north side of town, which also happens to be the largest shopping area and home to two colleges (IPFW and Ivy Tech). Before the ballpark moved to downtown, it was right across the parking lot from the Memorial Coliseum, which in turn was across the road from the IPFW soccer complex. There are a few more facilities than these, but they are all clustered together and are more or less the focal point of sports for Ft. Wayne, since the Coliseum is home to the Komets (IHL Hockey).
In other words, its a good idea, but I'm highly skeptical of what the results will be if this takes off because it is located a bit away from the main area of sports concentration for the city.
Bored-walk and Baseball. Ok. Maybe it would work here? (How's this one, Moosh?!?)Last edited by CastleKing, Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:35 AM
I wonder if there are enough people in the area now to support such a thing. When I drove through New Orleans last year large parts of it were completely deserted.
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