Fair Grounds Field

(SHREVEPORT) - A Shreveport native is hoping to save Fair Grounds Field.

Edward Best shared his idea about three weeks ago on www.Change.org.

Since then, more than 2,500 people signed his petition, and he's gotten the attention of city leaders.

Best's love for the stadium started years ago when his father would take him and his brothers to watch baseball games.

Best says since it closed it's become an eyesore.

He says improving the stadium would also improve Shreveport’s image.

"I don't want people to think bad of our city just because we let something like that sit there and do nothing," said Best.

So, Best did something.

He started the "Save Fair Grounds Field" petition.

In it he writes, "the neglect this stadium has gotten over the last decade is beyond comprehension."

"I believe there's something we can do as a city, as individuals, as a community we can come together," said Best.

Yesterday, Best explained his concerns to city council.

He says many city leaders agreed something has to be done, but they can't agree on what.

Some council members want to tear it down.

"That's not the answer to everybody's issue, you know? I'm fine with them tearing it down, after they've exhausted all other possibilities," said Best.

Cleaning up Fair Grounds Field won't be easy.

It's infested with bats.

"That's the problem. That's the reason it's run the city away. It's the bat problem," said Shreveport City Councilman James Flurry.

Councilman Flurry believes the baseball stadium can make a comeback.

"The city is losing out on high school and college games. Maybe not so much the lower farm teams and things, but we're missing an opportunity to profile and present our high school baseball teams around north Louisiana. And so, I'm saying, for me that's a great opportunity to fix that facility up," said Flurry.

Best says he's now working with mayor's office.

Meanwhile, he's encouraging anyone else who wants to speak up to add their signature.

"In my eyes, it's a piece of Shreveport history. Yeah, it's only 30-years-old, but it's a piece of my childhood, and I'm sure tons of other people in this city, that want to see something done with it," said Best.

Both Best and Flurry say the city needs to fix this stadium before thinking of building new sports complexes.

Best says he's thankful for the people that backed him and helped start the conversation.

He also says he's talked to a local investor who has plans for the run down stadium.

This isn't the first time someone tried to encourage city leaders to improve fair grounds fields.

In 2013, a Facebook page was made by another Shreveporter named Sam Stroup.

At that time, the city had no plans to demolish or restore the stadium.


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