- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Organizers are asking the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors to support building a new baseball facility.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1aRGl8E ) that the proposal presented to supervisors this week calls for five lighted fields, five batting cages, a two-story concession stand with a press box area and bathrooms, two covered pavilions and a parking area.

Space would be available for 20,000 spectators.

Dustin Walker, chairman of the Baseball Facility Concept Marketing Team, said the facility could be located on county property between the Lincoln Civic Center and the Hansel King Sports Complex.

Walker said current facilities and fields do not meet the minimum requirements to host quality league play or travel ball tournament play. He said existing facilities are spread out throughout the city and are in need of repair.

Walker said once the new complex was built, the existing facilities could be offered for industrial development.

“Besides being a healthy activity for kids, sports offers a way for kids to handle diversity, improve health-related issues and develop friendships that last a lifetime,” said Walker.

If approved by the supervisors, Walker said construction would likely take 18 to 24 months.

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Information from: The Daily Leader, http://www.dailyleader.com

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