BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) The Waco BlueCats and Bellmead Ballpark are one step closer to being a done deal.
Waco Sports & Entertainment group announced exclusively to KWTX Friday, Reverchon Ballpark in Dallas will be joining the Southwest League of Professional Baseball (SWL), giving the league of the fourth of its six needed teams.
“The location of this (park) is incredible,” said Tom Hill, President of Waco Sports & Entertainment. “It’s right off of the tollway, it’s right off of the interstate, it’s going to be one of our most visible cities, it’ll be one of our most visible ballparks.”
Hill said Dallas city leaders made the unanimous decision earlier in the week.
The historic park located in Downtown Dallas near American Airlines Center, will be remodeled, and operated by SWL.
“This is incredible,” said Hill. “It’s big.”
The list already includes Bellmead Ballpark, Royse City Ballpark, and Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, Mo.
“Our stadiums will be a smaller, more intimate stadium and it’s all family-oriented, that’s the goal, year-round entertainment and retail,” said Hill.
“The excitement here (the Waco area) that I feel the community has been incredible,” said Hill.
Hill said they have two more cities lined-up and hope those “dominoes” will fall sometime this summer.
“It’s moving in the right direction,” said Hill.
Previously set for Spring of 2018, SWL pushed back its inaugural opener to April or May of 2019.
“First, it is important that we have the remaining members in our league complete before we ask our current city partners to invest in a public/private partnership,” said league founder and owner Mark Schuster. “Second, we wanted to be certain that each stadium was 100% completed by opening day.”
According to its website, Reverchon Ballfield, the oldest ballpark in Dallas, opened in 1920.