June 25, 2016


Panel OKs racetrack for Ohio baseball stadium site

COLUMBUS — Auto racing is on track to replace baseball at the former home of the minor league Columbus Clippers.

Members of the city’s development commission gave their unanimous approval Thursday night to putting a racetrack and automotive research center at the site west of downtown where Cooper Stadium now stands.

The Clippers played their last game at the nearly 80-year-old stadium in September 2008. They have since moved to the new Huntington Park in the city’s Arena District.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the city council is expected to vote on the proposal next month.

Track opponents told the development panel they have concerns about noise. Supporters said the project would revive the Cooper Stadium neighborhood.