- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former minor league Columbus ballpark is full of weeds and rusted steps three years after developers promised to make it an automotive research and entertainment venue.

Developers say the $45 million project still will be moving forward.

A group hired to transform Cooper Stadium tell WBNS-TV (https://bit.ly/1INIC7L ) they’ll break ground this winter or next spring. They say the project was delayed longer than anticipated because of an engineering issue. Developers say that’s been resolved and hope to open the venue in 2017.

The Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex will seat 8,500 people and will feature the Richard Petty Driving School and a public indoor racing track.

Developers plan to build a hotel and conference center on the property after the racing venue is finished.


Information from: WBNS-TV, https://www.10tv.com/

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