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Shaheen: Warner Robins Ballpark Would Cost $10-$12 Million
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Warner Robins' mayor say he'll ask a regional planning group to help the city decide whether to push for a minor-league baseball team.

Chuck Shaheen says he hopes the Middle Georgia Regional Commission will prepare a business plan on the idea.

That plan could estimate the cost of bringing a minor-league team to town and its potential revenue. That could help local backers decide if the venture could be successful.

Shaheen has met at least twice at Warner Robins City Hall with a group that includes some Houston County former major leaguers and some business leaders.

One organizer, he said, is jeweler Sam Satterfield.

"They just asked me if I would help them," said Shaheen.

On Wednesday, he said, the group spoke by phone with the owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball team.

Shaheen says Houston County probably needs a $10 million to $12 million ballpark to lure a team that's affiliated with a major-league organization.

And that would probably require "some kind of public-private partnership," the mayor said.

Shaheen says he plans to pass his request along to the regional commission on Friday.

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