As we first reported Tuesday, Bryan ISD has given permission for their high school field to be used in case of scheduling conflicts if a semi-pro summer baseball league comes to Bryan. If one local business has its way, that will soon be a reality.
As it stands now, Travis Field in Bryan may not exactly be ready for semi-pro ball. But with council approval in their next meeting, a team could be coming, along with major changes to Travis.
"Our goal is obviously not to throw money away, but to have something fun, get people involved in the community and break even, maybe even make a little bit of profit," said Uri Geva with Infinity Pro Sports, a Bryan-based business. "The main goal is to have a good time and family fun."
The Texas Collegiate League's teams are made up of players from the Big XII, SEC and other conferences. They currently play from early June until early August in the Metroplex.
But the TCL is looking to create a southern division. Interest has been expressed as far south as Houston and as far north as Waco, with Brenham, Austin and Huntsville also mentioned as possible locations, according to Geva.
Infinity is leading the charge to bring a team to Bryan. If given the go-ahead, Travis Field would see some $200-300,000 of renovations in the first year alone, up to and including new and improved parking, restrooms, stands and lighting. Within the first decade of the team being in Bryan, Travis Field could see a million dollars of improvements through Infinity, according to Geva.
"The Little Leaguers and other people that are using the field are going to be our biggest fans," he said. "They're going to be some of our season ticket holders because they love baseball. They play baseball, and we want to have a better facility for them to play."
The main concerns expressed to both Infinity and the city have been league games conflicting with other local teams, the sale of alcohol at TCL games, and the potential costs to the city. But with the availability of Bryan High's field, a plan to control alcohol on site, and Infinity and the league picking up maintenance and personnel costs, Geva says baseball in Bryan should be back.
"The goal is, again, family fun and making sure that the Little Leaguers are taken care of," Geva said. "If there's any conflict, we'll make sure that we do whatever if takes to provide for their safety."
The team would likely take the name Bombers in homage to the team that played in Bryan in the 1950s. That team was known as the Bryan Bombers, but this new team likely would take a broader name, such as the Bryan/College Station Bombers, or possibly the Brazos Valley Bombers.