Minor League Baseball in Waynesboro?

Last Friday Jimmy LaRoue of the News Virginian reported that Jim Morris, a Charlottesville investor, is thinking about building a $20 million, 4,000 seat stadium for a minor league baseball team in Waynesboro. The new ballpark would be built along the South River near Constitution Park, and Morris hopes that it will house an affiliate for the Boston Red Sox.

According to LaRoue Morris picked Wayensboro because the city “’sits in the center of a very fast growing triangle of cities’ – Harrisonburg, Staunton and Charlottesville. Those three cities, plus Waynesboro and Augusta County have a combined population of more than 200,000.”

Waynesboro has experienced a population and economic decline in recent decades, and the immediate future is not bright. “The city already faces almost $100 million in debt over the next 20 years and is in the early stages of work on water and sewer infrastructure upgrades.” City officials hope that the stadium could be the economic catalyst that the city desperately needs.

If Waynesboro couldn’t support a movie theater, how are they going to support a minor league baseball team?

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