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Letter to the Editor - July 6

July 06, 2013

It is good business for the Suns to stay in Hagerstown


To the editor:

An open letter to Mr. Bruce Quinn, the owner of the Hagerstown Suns Baseball Club.

Mr. Quinn, we appreciate having the Hagerstown Suns baseball team in Hagerstown. There are a finite number of minor league baseball teams in the U.S., and we are honored to have this Washington Nationals affiliate in Hagerstown — traditionally a strong baseball community. The market extends beyond the city, up and down Interstate 81 and west to Cumberland and beyond. However, the market remains largely untapped due to the poor condition of Municipal Stadium — no draw for casual fans.

A new stadium will bring greater potential for boosted attendance.

There has been much talk about building a new stadium for the Suns. Much of what has been talked about has been why it is good for Hagerstown for your team to remain here, or why it is good for fans, but the key point has to be why it is good for the Suns to remain here.

There are several new modern minor league stadiums in Maryland. I have spoken with people in most of those areas and have asked what makes the team successful. The usual answer is that the community supports the baseball team because it is a great night out. Businesses support these local teams because they can do some business while watching “America’s favorite pastime.”

If a new stadium is located properly, it will cause an influx of investment in the surrounding area. That development will enhance the people traffic, which will in turn drive attendance at the ballpark. It is not unreasonable to expect a 50-percent increase in attendance. And out-of-state fans will bring discretionary spending into Maryland.

The building of a new stadium is a complex project with many moving parts and many stakeholders. But I am convinced that a plan can be worked out, and that governmental, community and business leaders are supportive of the Hagerstown Suns. Thank you for being a part of the strong baseball tradition in Hagerstown.


Peter E. Perini Sr.
Hagerstown

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