The developer of a proposed minor league baseball stadium near Malden Center said he was looking forward to the opportunity to meet with residents and officials during an .
Attorney Alexander Bok, founder and president of Boston Baseball Field of Dreams, said he and his group sought to bring minor-league baseball to the Boston area for several years, but had been waiting to find a parcel like the 6.8 acre site – adjacent to multiple parking garages and an MBTA subway, bus and commuter rail station – to ensure the project's viability.
include the establishment of a year-round restaurant, a turf field useable for games, as well as other events like summer concerts.
If the project is approved, the group would apply for a franchise in the Atlantic League, playing about 70 games a year.
Bok distanced the project from other struggling efforts in the state: recently, the Brockton-based Campanelli Stadium canceled it's 2012 season in order to get its finances in order, while the Lynn-based Fraser Field hosts only amateur baseball after their minor league team folded in 2007.
He said those stadiums played in different leagues, requiring larger stadiums and about half the games per season. He points to stadiums in St. Paul and Long Island – both with successful Atlantic League teams in a popular major league market.
“We think Boston is an even better market than that,” he said. “A well-run independent team can do very well.”
“The Atlantic League has the newest stadiums and they've all done well,” he added. “It's a different level of baseball.”
Tonight's meeting will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the council chambers at Government Center.