- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UTICA, Mich. (AP) - A groundbreaking has been held for a minor league baseball stadium in suburban Detroit.

Utica officials, business leaders and residents gathered Tuesday for the ceremony. The $12 million ballpark will be called Jimmy John’s Field after the submarine sandwich chain secured the naming rights.

Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment LLC is the developer and will operate the 4,000-seat stadium on one side of the river. Land on the other side will be used for a parking lot and a retail and residential development.

Construction on the stadium is expected to take about a year. The new league playing there debuts next June.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is providing a $1 million brownfield redevelopment loan and other funds for environmental work on the properties, once home to a landfill.

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