TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Texas College’s baseball team has expressed its gratefulness that the City of Tyler has approved waiving fees to use Woldert Park’s baseball diamond, as part of an agreement that should encourage collegiate-level teams to Tyler.
Tyler City Council on Tuesday approved waiving fees for field rentals for Texas College at Woldert Park, as well as Tyler Independent School District at Faulkner Park.
“Our thoughts, as we were doing this nearly a year ago when we were planning, was to bring collegiate games to Tyler; which is kind of a business approach to things,” said Russ Jackson, parks director for the city of Tyler.
Woldert Park will serve as Texas College’s home ballpark, meaning the team would host home games in Tyler, bringing competition to the city, as well as the revenue that comes with it.
“Part of this relationship, when you have banners put up around the field, they get advertisement money out of that,” said Jackson. “What we’re doing is Texas college is going to allow us to have 100 percent of the banner fees and that could be 10-15 thousand a year depending on the activity. Once you start having collegiate level games, it’s going to see businesses that say this is going to be interesting.”
The $1,000 fee is small in comparison to the advertisement money that will come in if Texas College starts using the field for collegiate games.
The team said they’re very grateful.
“From our standpoint, it really helps with a lot of stress,” said Pat Day, pitching coach for the Texas College baseball team. “The less money we have to come up with, the more money we can give to our guys and put into the field and be able to give back to the community. We don’t have to worry about having to have those fees in and taken care of. It just takes relief off the coaching staff as a whole and the university itself. It’s just really generous of the city for doing this and we couldn’t be more thankful for it.”
The city said they’re also planning on hosting youth camps at the field with the college team and improving the youth baseball programs in the city.