Demolition at Fairgrounds Field in Shreveport Is Halted
Friends of Fairgrounds Field sued the city of Shreveport asking a judge to stop the destruction of the complex. They want a permanent injunction and will take their arguments before judge Brady O’Callaghan during a hearing at 9:30 Thursday morning.
What Is the Big Issue at Fairgrounds Field?
The group points to the sloppy handling of bat guano at the dilapidated ball park. The plaintiffs did an inspection of the complex and saw lots of bat droppings at the site which they claim could cause a public health issue. They have concerns about spores from the bat guano getting into the air causing respiratory illnesses to residents around the facility.
Henderson Construction Services got a call from the city Monday afternoon to let them know about this latest development and they immediately halted the demo work. The construction company has a $500,000 contract with the city to handle bat removal and demolition of the ball park.
Local businessman Linc Coleman has also been trying to save the ball park. He says it can be refurbished and put back to use by local sports teams and Caddo Schools.
History of Fairgrounds Field
The stadium was built in 1986 to house the Shreveport Captains, a minor league professional baseball team in the Texas League, and a “farm team” for the San Francisco Giants for more than two decades. The Swamp Dragons and other teams tried to make a go of it at the ballpark, but things were never the same and attendance was dismal. In 2011, the facility was locked up and ultimately condemned. Bats took over the property and made it a home.
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