by Sam Hieb
N.C. A&T and the City of Greensboro are in negotiations over a potential partnership to rehab 89-year-old War Memorial Stadium:
“This discussion has been going on for years. It isn’t something new,” Greensboro City Councilman Jamal Fox said. “We’re still in discussions, but I plan to make something happen, and I’m committed to seeing this through.”
The stadium complex, constructed in 1926, sits on Yanceyville Street at the edge of A&T’s campus. The Greensboro Grasshoppers — during those days, named the Hornets, then the Bats — played in the stadium until 2005. Various tournaments are held there, but A&T’s baseball team uses the complex most often, Fox said.
The current negotiations are only the latest stage in years of discussions between the city and the university about the stadium.
City Manager Jim Westmoreland says if negotiations with A&T fall through —a March 6 deadline has been set– then the city “will continue to seek opportunities to improve the stadium through other potential partnerships.” Good luck with that —not a lot has panned out since Gboro’s minor league baseball team moved uptown a decade ago.