COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -To fund or not to fund is the focal point of bringing a minor league baseball team to the city of Columbia.
Supporters of the potential stadium argue that a project like this could bring in major revenue, including opportunities for surrounding college students.
"Benedict College totally and fully endorses that stadium," said Willie Washington, Athletic Director at Benedict College.
Washington adds that the college's sports management program could benefit from having a professional sport within walking distance of Benedict's campus.
"We will have those players. We'll have the management. We'll have them as guest speakers in our classrooms. We'll be doing internships. These young people do not need to go out of Columbia to do internships, they'll do them right here," said Washington.
Opponents of minor league baseball also made their way to the floor, urging council members to direct their focus on the expansion of Columbia elsewhere.
"We need to take care of our necessities and build a financial cushion so that we can address growing needs," said one citizen during public input. "People will want to come to Columbia for the water, the sewer, the street, the police service, the fire service.â??
A cost those against the stadium feel is top priority.