Homestead Sports activities Complicated | Demolition | Main League Baseball
The town of Homestead could tear down its deteriorating ballpark, which was built nearly 30 years ago as a spring training location for major league baseball teams.
The city government has asked for offers to demolish the pink stadium, formerly known as the Homestead Sports Complex and not in use for decades.
Dennis Maytan, director of parks and public works for Homestead, told the Miami Herald that the stadium was “a field of dreams” for the city that “just never came true.”
Four companies have offered to demolish the stadium at prices ranging from $ 594.80 to more than $ 1 million. City commissioners can discuss the offers at their meeting on July 10th and decide on the fate of the stadium on July 25th.
What the stadium could replace is unclear. Selling the land under the stadium is an option the city could pursue. However, due to its location near Homestead Air Reserve Base, the land is unsuitable for most types of building.
After the 6,000-seat stadium was built in 1991, the Cleveland Indians agreed to make it the team’s spring training venue.
But on August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused so much damage to the stadium that Homestead had to rebuild it. After investigating extensive damage to the rest of Homestead, the Indians canceled a 20-year contract to use the stadium for spring training.
The city, which now pays about $ 500,000 a year to maintain the stadium, has never found another Major League Baseball team to replace the Indians. [Miami Herald] – Mike Seemuth