AS WAFB'S MATT CLOUGH REPORTS- A LINE UP OF COMPANIES ARE STARTING TO SHOW INTEREST IN THE CENTER--INCLUDING A BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER WHO'S MAKING A PITCH THAT COULD HELP KEEP THE CENTER IN BUSINESS.
[CG :Name - Title\Jeff Southall\Executive Director]
[CG :Matt Clough Reporting\ \ ]
LAMAR DIXON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEFF SOUTHALL SAYS THE EXPO CENTER WANTS TO PLAY BALL WITH BUSINESSES HOPING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 250 ACRE FACILITY.
INCUE: I think a lot
OUTCUE: be tapped into.
"I think a lot of people are really interested in the Lamar Dixon Center from the private sector simply because it is such a large facility and the potential and upside too is really, really yet to be tapped into."
SOUTHALL SAYS FORMER PROFESSIONAL PITCHER NOLAN RYAN IS ONE PERSON INTERESTED IN THE CENTER. REPORTEDLY-RYAN WANTS TO BUILD A NEW STADIUM FOR A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM HE WANTS TO BRING TO THE BATON ROUGE AREA. THE EXPO CENTER IS ONE POSSIBILITY.
INCUE: A center like the Lamar Dixon
OUTCUE: is already here.
"A center like the Lamar Dixon Center would really be a great spot for them simply because there is so much they would need to build is already here."
PARISH OFFICIALS SAY THE CENTER IS ALSO GENERATING INTEREST AMONG COMMERICAL WAREHOUSE COMPANIES- THE FILM INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION COMPANIES. THE PARISH GOVERNMENT IS EVEN CONSIDERING BUYING THE PROPERTY- A PROPERTY THAT HAS LOST MONEY FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS- AND IS TENATIVELY EXPECTED TO CLOSE IN FEBRUARY.
INCUE: Like sands through the
OUTCUE: pretty fast.
"like sands through the hour glass, we're running out to February pretty fast."
THAT DEADLINE HAS CREATED A LOT OF PREASURE AND UNCERTAINLY...BECAUSE WHILE THERE IS A LOT OF TALK NO ONE REALLY KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT'S ON DECK FOR LAMAR DIXON
MATT CLOUGH WAFB NINE NEWS.
BESIDES GONZALES- RYAN IS ALSO REPORTEDLY LOOKING AT BATON ROUGE AND DENHAM SPRINGS TO BECOME HOME FOR HIS BASEBALL TEAM.
[TAKE: TAKE DEKO]