The Maryland General Assembly approved the approximately $1.1 bilion state capital budget which includes $300K for a Hagerstown stadium project.
For several years, the city has toiled with the idea of bringing a new minor league stadium or at least making major adjustments to the Hagerstown Suns Municipal Stadium.
Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey believes the stadium is a staple in the community.
“We have an amenity that most small towns would kill for so we’d like to keep them and if that means new ownership or whatever it means of the team, we don’t care, we want to retain minor league baseball in Hagerstown, Maryland,” Bruchey said.
Now, it will be up to the city to move forward with the project. If the city chooses not, the money will go back into the capital budget.
Hagerstown councilman, Kristin Aleshire doesn’t think the state allows for public opinion to play a major role with the decision of a stadium project.
“Once you get to study number six and you see this court of public opinion has just admittedly opposed every iteration of it, at some point you aren’t able to take it serious,” Aleshire said.
Last spring, both Aleshire and city councilman Metzner voted against the issue. Aleshire believes there are other priorities both the city and county have.
Del. Paul Corderman sought out the money to save the city a step in case the project moves forward into the planning phase
Aleshire says the Maryland Stadium Authoritycompleted a study but it won’t be revealed immediately.
“We’re talking about a report that the mayor and council haven’t even seen, so we don’t know any of the details other than what we’ve heard,” Aleshire said.