Governor John Bel Edwards, along with Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and Patrick Coogan, CEO of Sports BR, announced Monday that The College Baseball Foundation has selected Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to host the 2019 College Baseball Night of Champions, a weekend celebration highlighted by the induction of this year’s National College Baseball Hall of Fame class. The event will be held at the Raising Cane’s River Center November second. But, the event may just be the starting point for something much larger.
Governor John Bel Edwards revealed in his remarks that Baton Rouge is making an effort to be the new permanent home of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Edwards said, “I don’t know of another place in the United States of America that is as supportive of college baseball as Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”
The current home of the Hall of Fame is in Lubbock, Texas, but the President and CEO of the College Baseball Foundation, Mike Gustafson, confirmed that his organization has an engaged a site selection committee. Though he wouldn’t confirm which other cities were in the running, Gustafson said, “There’s a reason why we’re here. We know about the twenty-three or so years of consecutive attendance leadership. We know about the legacy of this area. Baton Rouge is on this list for a reason.
While the city and state are early in the pitch process to land the facility, Patrick Coogan, CEO of SportsBR said the cite would not be on LSU’s campus, “Out of respect to all the members of the Hall.” Coogan added that they plan to look at other Hall of Fame facilities for ideas in creating their own plans, and that they will want the facility to be interactive, ranging from the traditional jerseys and balls on display to use of virtual reality.
No definitive date was placed on making an announcement for the Hall’s new home.