SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - The City of Springfield is making plans to play ball come spring.
City leaders say having the Champion City Kings play will mean big bucks for the area.
The team is the latest edition to the Wooden Bat Collegiate League which includes 11 teams from Pennsylvania to Missouri.
The diamond isn't even finished at Charlton Davidson Stadium, but city leaders can already hear cheers for the Champion City Kings.
"Won't it be amazing what it will look like come Spring as we play ball," said Michael McDorman, CEO, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
McDorman says this collegiate prospect league is one of several examples of how Spingfield is making strides to improve the city.
The team is expected to take the field once more than $100,000 in repairs to the stadium are completed in late May 2014.
"This will be a family friendly opportunity for people to come out and enjoy an evening at the ballpark and see some top level college talent that some day may be in the mayor league field."
It's a vision Champion City Kings owner Ron Heineman sees as well. He says Springfield didn't put forth any money to start the team, but it too will benefit.
Rob: "How much money is expected to trickle back into Springfield with a project like this?
Heineman: "We don't know that yet, but we think we will know and be able to provide metrics after the first year."
Heineman does expect the majority of the money generated to come from venders at the field and tourism.
He and McDorman say only time will tell if having a team here will be a success, but one thing's for sure, the public must support this team.
"If we don't support it, the team will not be here in 2015, so we need to get out and support it."
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