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Plan announced to establish a minor league baseball stadium in West Chester

Howie BedellWest Chester, PA | September 21, 2010 -- Despite not having a formal commitment from West Chester Borough, the Phillies organization, or the property owner, Howie Bedell announced today that efforts are underway to develop a baseball stadium at the 30-acre site of what used to be Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, now part of Pfizer, Inc., at the corner of Bolmar and Nields Streets. Bedell is part of an organization called Turk's Head Stadium Alliance that has been exploring various sites throughout Chester County for a 5,000-seat stadium development. The announcement came as a surprise to many including members of the alliance.

The stadium would host a minor league baseball team associated with the Philadelphia Phillies, a Chester County Sports Hall of Fame, and would be available for other sporting and educational uses. The cost is estimated at $40-million.

The apparent next step is to secure matching funds from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program through Senator Andy Dinniman's office, according to Bedell.

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