For the last five years, the Wanted organization has been working with members of the community, city officials, architects, financial analysts and many more on a sustainable economic development initiative for Jefferson City. This economically and financially-viable project will create jobs and revenue for the city and its citizens. The plan? To build a baseball stadium that will serve as not only the home of a frontier league professional baseball team, but also an entertainment venue to spur economic growth. The Frontier League is ready for Jefferson City to host a professional baseball team.
We're here to answer the big questions: How will the project be funded? Where is it going to be located? And when will ground break? Let’s jump in.
The funding of the baseball stadium could be a combination of fundraising efforts, private donations and the tourism tax pool. One or a combination of all three is possible; the numbers work. Let’s dive into each. Fundraising opportunities could include golf tournaments, cook-offs, auctions, bike-a-thons, carnivals, battle of the bands, festivals, 5-k's ... the opportunities are endless. And as evidenced by our community's countless successful fundraisers for hospitals, schools and more, they’re a practical option.
There’s also private donations. More than 16 million dollars was raised by our local community to build the Special Olympics Training for Life Campus. To most, this incredible campus will forever represent a beacon of hope, a testament of bravery and courage, and a dream turned into reality all thanks to our local community and their invaluable donations.
Another option would be the tourism tax pool. Do you remember when the community passed a city tourism tax in 2011? The intended use for those dollars was to help build a convention center. Fast forward seven years and the tourism tax has generated more than 4.7 million dollars. When the tax sunsets in 2035, those funds are estimated to reach 20 million thanks to inflation and interest. You have a say in how the tourism tax monies are spent. And, if you decide to designate those funds toward building the stadium, that estimated $20 million in 2035 would increase dramatically. Here’s how.
Today, Jefferson City's occupancy rate is a little below the national average. The Wanted stadium would increase that average, in turn increasing the tourism tax pool. Taking it a step further – outside of hosting the obvious professional baseball games – concerts, united soccer league games, corporate events, Show-Me State games, the college world series, just to name a few, increases the tourism tax pool and drives people to Jefferson City. It is important to note that none of your current tax dollars are going toward the tourism tax. It’s a tax paid by those who occupy our hotels.
Speaking of taxes, building the stadium has the potential to prevent future tax increases. Hosting events would increase hotel occupancy, restaurant revenue, and other tourist attraction revenue [think prison tours, Thursday Night Live] and more. Having a steady stream of revenue for the city, which it doesn’t currently have on the scale of the stadium’s magnitude, is a game-changer. In addition, The Wanted is committed to giving back; therefore, a portion of every dollar spent at the stadium goes back to local non-profit organizations.
And there's even more good news – there are already hotel and restaurant owners who back this project, which means more revenue for our city and more jobs for our community! As previously mentioned, the Frontier League is anxious for Jefferson City and its citizens to experience the positive impact a stadium will bring to its community. As you can see, we’ve done our research.
Much like you having the say in how this project will be funded, you also have a role in deciding where the stadium is built. Again, this is a community project and your input is not only valued, but also imperative in this process.
The Wanted's land committee, comprised of engineers, architects, project managers, city inspectors, financial analysts and others, prides itself on making sure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to the stadium’s location. Every decision is made with you in mind; in your best interest. We want to prevent your neighborhood from having bright lights shining in its windows at night, or loud music when you’re trying to put your baby to sleep. We want to prevent potential delays in your commute to the grocery store or heavy traffic in areas where it’s most unwelcome. We want and will attract businesses, restaurants, hotels and more to create jobs. All of these “wants” are to create a better quality of life for not only you, the citizens of our great community, our most prized asset, but also those who travel to our city. The history that exists here now will only be magnified by this venue.
To be honest, this is a tough question to answer. The more appropriate question to ask is What’s the next step? It would be an injustice to everyone to put an exact date on this project. And here’s why. As we stated previously, we’ve been working on this project for five years. And in those five years, we’ve come so far; we’ve got the professionals on board who have figured out and fine-tuned the tedious details. As you can imagine, there are so many moving parts to a project of this magnitude, but were close. Very close.
The next step is to hear from you. With every day that passes, every article and video that’s published, more and more people are asking how they can be involved in making this project a reality. They’re passionate and driven about what the Wanted stadium will do economically for the community. Learning and hearing from everyone, and we mean everyone, including skeptics, is what has made, and will make, this project reality. We want and need you to get involved; to make your voice heard, no matter how big or small in capacity. Reach out to us on social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a charitable donation or learn more about the Wanted, visit wantedbaseball.com.
We need you. Our community needs you. Hearing from you will get us closer to answering the initial question of when ground will break.
Thank you for coming along with us on this journey. Every step gets us closer ... and it’s your steps that help us get there faster.
With your help, the Wanted stadium will become more than just a dream...it can become reality. The Wanted venue will create jobs, economic stability, passionate citizens, future leaders and much more. The opportunities are endless; the possibilities infinite.