Thursday, September 18, 2003

Florence step closer to its own ballpark

The Cincinnati Enquirer

FLORENCE - Today is a milestone in the more than two-year journey to bring minor league baseball to town.

The city is to close on 30 acres near Interstate 75 and U.S. 42 where a 4,500-seat stadium for the Florence Freedom is under construction.

"We are anxious and excited to see this thing through and have them play ball on the hill next spring," said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. "We are closer than we have ever been."

Last month, Northern Kentucky Professional Baseball signed a lease with the city in which it agreed to build the $7 million stadium and lease the land from the city. The city agreed to buy the land.

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