|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
March 5, 1998
Washington, D.C. – In addition to meeting tonight with private investors interested in building a minor league baseball stadium in the Mahoning Valley, U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) announced that he is scheduling meetings tomorrow with officials from the City of Youngstown and private interests from the Boardman Township area to discuss the possibility of building the stadium in Mahoning County.
In light of the decision last night by the Niles City Council not to participate in a public-private partnership to build a facility to house the Class A Erie (PA) SeaWolves, Traficant is exploring several alternative plans. Those plans include a privately-financed facility in Trumbull County, a facility in Youngstown financed with public and private money, and a privately-financed facility in the Boardman Township area.
Traficant noted that locating the team in Mahoning County could pose legal problems because Mahoning County is in the "territory" of a minor league baseball team in Akron. Traficant said that should a deal be reached to build a facility in Mahoning County, he believes that the New York-Penn League, which the SeaWolves play in, would be prepared to make an application to the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues to obtain the necessary approvals.
Youngstown Mayor George M. McKelvey (D) and private interests from the greater Boardman area have contacted Traficant within the last 24 hours expressing interest in building a facility for the SeaWolves.
Traficant will be meeting tonight with private investors to discuss all of the above options. Traficant will announce any further developments tomorrow morning during a scheduled appearance on WKBN radio.2009