POLL: Developers Unveil Plans - What Do You Think?

The team behind Malden's "Field of Dreams" made their pitch to an overflow crowd at Government Center Thursday night - were you impressed?

It was tight quarters in the city hall council chambers Thursday night, as residents crammed into seats and even stood in the foyer to get a firsthand glimpse of a proposed $45 million minor league ballpark near Malden Center. 

"This is the perfect site," developer Alexander Bok said of the 6.5 acre parcel currently occupied by a National Grid facility. "We believe (the) Boston (area) can support a minor league team, and support it very well." 

Developers touted the stadium's design as an intimate crowd experience, with seats extremely close to the field.

Other amenities include a restaurant, an all-you-can-eat buffet with a view of the field and a field drainage system that will shorten rain delays while preventing runoff. 

Paul Weston January 13, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I didn't get a chance to view the entire meeting, but did the audience get a chance to ask questions? I was kind of left with the impression that the questions chosen by the committee were carefully selected as to put a certain spin on the project.
Chris Caesar January 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Not in a Q&A format, though the officials made themselves available for informal discussions after the presentation. I don't know about you, but I couldn't hear a damn thing with those microphones!
Chris Caesar January 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
The developers didn't really touch on any cons, but we should have a pretty big package on the project once I get some more information from officials next week.
Jennifer M January 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I had to leave just as the Q & A session started. While it was difficult to hear the speakers, I thought it was an informative presentation and I learned a lot more about the project. The baseball group seemed both enthusiastic and qualified. I left feeling that the folks proposing this were competant and I like that they are not looking for construction funds from the city.
Christopher February 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I grew up in Malden, and my family had lived there since the late 1800's. Despite the fact that we all have moved and live elsewhere, we continue to consider Malden our home. And I'm not alone, there's a group on FB where people have gotten together just to talk about Malden and growing up there. Speaking for myself, this stadium would cause me to come home and visit despit the fact that none of my family still lives there. So speaking for everyone who has grown up and loves Malden, Do this. For everyone of us who watched or listened to baseball with thier grandfather, do this.


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