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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New baseball stadium proposed for Coeur d' Alene

One of the largest development projects on the horizon for Coeur d' Alene might just come to fruition soon and be open for the Summer of 2014. That project is a new baseball stadium that is in the works off of 15th St. near Cherry Hill Park and I-90. Many ,including officials with the City of Coeur d' Alene are seeking the construction of a new larger stadium due to the loss of the American Legion baseball fields at McEwen Park due that Downtown park being planned to undergo a complete re-build itself in the coming months.

The American Legion's baseball team,The Coeur d' Alene Lumbermen is already ironing out a plan with the city to relocate their games to fields off of Ramsey Rd near The Kroc Center. But the new stadium will not go empty as a West Coast League Baseball team called the Riverhawks has expressed interest in moving to Coeur d' Alene and using the new stadium as their home field. The Riverhawks which have been on hiatus for the last couple of seasons used to play in Spokane as the Spokane Riverhawks and had mentioned a move to Coeur d' Alene back in 2009, however in 2009 Coeur d' Alene still lacked proper facilities to support a local baseball team.

The new Baseball stadium is being spearheaded by a newly formed local non-profit origination with baseball legend and Hayden resident, Don Larsen acting as honorary chair of the group. The new stadium would be much larger then the fields seen today at McEwen Park. In fact the new stadium would be potentially large enough for other uses such as concerts and tradeshows. The outfield could even be used for soccer or field hockey should the need arise.

The proposed news stadium would include 2 new surface parking lots connected by a round-a-bout and will cost around 3 million to build. Seating at new ballpark is unclear at this time but would surely be a size-ably higher amount over the current seating arrangement at McEwen in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

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