COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - After the Columbus Catfish left town, city officials knew it would be an uphill climb to get people to continue to support baseball at Golden Park.
But Bo Callaway, Chairman and CEO of the Columbus Baseball Foundation, said he couldn't let the historic field have weeds growing on its diamond.
"Golden Park is one of the best venues for baseball in America and to be with nobody there wasn't the right thing.I went to the mayor and said, 'We've got to have baseball!' I said to him, 'You can't have a great city without baseball.' That's the way a lot of people feel and I'm one of them," Callaway said.
And even though the Woodbats is a non-profit team, officials say it will still have a positive impact on the local economy.
"I hope it brings revenue here with all the people that'll be coming into Columbus to watch the wooden bat league so I'm excited about it," said Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington.
"We are bringing other teams from all around. The teams will come with their families and they'll bring some business and it'll bring some business in the park itself. It'll create sales tax. It'll be good business, fun business and it'll bring money to Columbus," added Callaway.
The Columbus Baseball Foundation also announced today that the wood bat league playoffs will be played here for three days this August.
So with eight more teams and their families staying in the Fountain City, officials say that will also help boost the local economy.
Opening day for the Columbus Woodbats is June 3rd however, tickets go on sale next Friday, May 15th.