Plan to make Tamworth the home of baseball in Australia

PLAN: Australian player James Beresford would be one player that could potentially play in Tamworth. Photo: AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn
PLAN: Australian player James Beresford would be one player that could potentially play in Tamworth. Photo: AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn

A Tamworth property developer has hatched a bold plan to make Tamworth the home of baseball in Australia.

Founder of Tamworth Regional Economic Development Corporation Michael Foxman wants to see Baseball Australia based out of Tamworth.

To do that, a 14,000 seat purpose-built stadium would need to be constructed which would cost in excess of $50million.

Tamworth Regional Economic Development Corporation would develop the stadium and cost wouldn’t be a problem, according to Foxman.

He said funding would be sourced from institutional investors along with, potentially, state and federal governments.

Foxman said the plan was all about growing Tamworth.

“We want to create jobs,” Foxman said.

“It will create about 1000 jobs and 400 will be full-time. A stadium with 14,000 seats needs at least 400 people on the ground when a game is on.

“There’s security, cashiers, then other industries like marketing, graphic design, video editing would all be involved.”

Baseball Australia Chief Executive Officer Cam Vale was open to the idea.

"Regional Australia is a really viable option for baseball in this country at a range of different levels and who's to say a purpose-built stadium isn't possible,” Vale said.

Foxman has proposed two sites for the stadium.

One would be at Angora Park – which is situated next to the Tamworth Rugby Park – and the other at the Northern Inland Centre of Excellence precinct.