Smokies owner Randy Boyd makes pitch for stadium in downtown Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Smokies owner and University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd has thrown his first pitch for bringing the Smokies to downtown Knoxville.

In a statement, Boyd said, “Since 2000, the Tennessee Smokies have enjoyed many successful seasons at Smokies Stadium and a positive, productive relationship with Sevierville and Sevier County. We appreciate that they have provided a “home” for professional baseball in our region.”

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Boyd’s plan includes a $142 million mixed-use stadium complex that would be modeled after Chicago’s Wrigleyville. Under the proposal, Smokies’ ownership would commit to up to six events and tournaments with other teams to bring people to the park, according to the Sentinel.

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