Lexington County recreation officials are making their first pitch to lure teams to their new baseball stadium.
County officials are going to a coaches convention next month seeking to attract interest from teams in snowbound areas about coming to the facility to practice outdoors and play games.
“We’re going to tell them what we have to offer,” Randy Gibson, executive director of the County Aging and Recreation Commission, said Monday. “It’s marketing and promotion.”
His goal is to attract teams to begin play in spring 2016 to the stadium along Ball Park Road once used by Lexington 1 high school teams that’s now undergoing a $3 million renovation for college-level use.
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The 3,000-seat facility is due to be ready by May 1 for the Blowfish season.
That team is establishing its headquarters in downtown Lexington after moving from Columbia’s Capital City Stadium, slated to be razed for new development.
County officials will go to Orlando Jan. 2-5 to begin selling the stadium. It’s a trip estimated to cost up to $3,000, paid for by county and town money that officials say will be recovered when teams stay at hotels, dine at restaurants and shop in stores.
“If we’re going to spend that kind of money to make it ready, it makes sense to spend a little something to lure people there,” Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall said. “It’s going to sit empty unless we do something to get people to utilize it.”