The former Macon Braves packed up their gear and moved to Rome, Georgia in 2002, and after an 11 year hiatus, Mayor Robert Reichert says bringing in a new team could be a home run for the city.
Members of CHA Group, a consulting firm, will sit down with Reichert and members of the Urban Development Authority Wednesdayto discuss one of the first steps to making that a reality, a feasibility study. They will make a formal presentation Thursday morning at a public UDA meeting.
Reichert says a feasibility study would answer questions like: Could Macon even sustain a minor league team again? Where would the team play? What kind of impact would it have on the community?
Over the past few years, Reichert says he's looked to other communities with minor league teams for advice, but for Macon, there are still more questions that answers.
He says, "This was suggested to us about six months ago. I went to Greenville and saw what they were doing six years ago, went to Oklahoma City three years ago, and of course I've been talking to the mayor of Rome, Georgia off and on for months. So when thispossibility came up, and all they're trying to do is make a presentation about what a feasibility study would involve, how much it costs, what it does, what it doesn't do, kind of thing for us to consider."
In April, Warner Robins city council gave a local businessman the reigns to look at the possibility of bringing a team to the International City. Reichert says he has not spoken with Mayor Chuck Shaheen about their progress.
Reichert says this week's meetings are not meant for discussing all the details of bringing in a team, but just a conversation to see if Macon should even step up to the plate.