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Stadium proposal moves ahead in Columbia, SC

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Columbia City Council (Source: City of Columbia website) Columbia City Council (Source: City of Columbia website)

Progress was made late Tuesday afternoon at a public meeting held by Columbia City Council about the proposal to building a new baseball stadium to lure the Sand Gnats or another minor league franchise to town.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with the process of seeing if a stadium would be financially feasible for the city.

That announcement came after public opinion lined up against the idea to a $35 million stadium.

Three of the first four speakers at Tuesday's meeting were opposed to the idea. Last week, a vote taken at another public  was 40-5 against building a stadium.

Momentum seemed to be building against the proposal heading into Tuesday's meeting.

But the City Council decided the only way to determine if the stadium was a good idea was to study it more, which they will now do - moving forward with a plan that could lure the Sand Gnats away from Savannah - if this city chooses not to build a stadium to keep the team.

The meeting started at noon. Te stadium issue was the first item on the agenda and five and a half hours later, Columbia City Council decides to keep the stadium idea alive.

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