Gwinnett Commissioner Bert Nasuti wants to bring a minor league baseball team to Gwinnett:
“I want to see us partner with the private sector to create Gwinnett’s ‘field of dreams,'” Nasuti said Monday.
Nasuti said he plans to present a formal proposal to his colleagues today during the board’s final meeting of a three-day retreat in north Georgia. He’s asking for a study of the feasibility of building a baseball complex that he says could be used for high-school playoffs and championship games as well as a pro team.
The commissioner acknowleges he doesn’t have a cost estimate for the facility, nor does he know precisely where a stadium could be built. Nasuti suggested a possible site might be found north of the Gwinnett Arena on I-85.
But the commissioner said Gwinnett’s demographics are ideal for a minor league team.
“We’re a large county. We have the second largest population in the state. We have plenty of access from interstates and major roads. We have a strong economic base,” Nasuti said. “And we have a successful track record.”
He was referring to the Gwinnett Arena, which is home to the county’s minor league hockey team, the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Nasuti said his discussions with potential investors, whom he would not name, led him to conclude a minor league ballpark could be built entirely with private funding.
The part I like about this are the words “private funding.”
I’m not sure it would fly with Rome already having a team, but when the Georgia Force were in Gwinnett they drew decent crowds, as the Gladiators currently. We’ll see what happens. It’s certainly an interesting proposal.