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Proposal to build multi-use ballpark in Shakopee

A community meeting was held at Canterbury Park to discuss the proposal.
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Overhead view of the stadium proposal rendering. 

Head to Shakopee and the big talker in the southwest metro city is a proposal to build a multi-use baseball stadium near Canterbury Park. 

During a community meeting held at Canterbury Park Thursday night, the Metro Millers (the proposed name for the baseball team) revealed a stadium proposal that would see an outdoor ballpark with a seating capacity of 8,496 built adjacent to Canterbury Park.

In addition to serving as the home of a baseball team, the ballpark could be converted to host concerts and other sporting events, including football, lacrosse, hockey, softball and BMX racing. 

Rep. Brad Tabke, D-Shakopee, led the presentation Thursday night, and according to Southwest News Media, Tabke said the goal is to have the stadium 100 percent privately funded to avoid using tax dollars. 

What level of baseball team that would call the stadium home remains unclear. 

"We are currently exploring all baseball options but becoming a minor league team has never been the goal of our club," Tabke wrote in an email Friday morning. 

Investments are being made through MnVest, which keeps all crowdsourcing within Minnesota's borders, also forcing at least 80 percent of the entity's assets to stay in Minnesota. 

MnVest investments will be capped at $1.5 million, according to Southwest News Media. 

You can see stadium renderings and design plans that were presented at the community meeting by clicking here

The end goal is to have the stadium built in time for baseball in May of 2021. 

A full press packet is expected to be released on Monday, Tabke said. 

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