Shreveport to partner with Arlington company to create multi-sport venue

Announcement may herald return of minor league baseball to Shreveport
Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 11:04 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2022 at 7:20 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — We had been told years ago that the ship had long sailed on minor league baseball returning to Shreveport.

Call the weatherman because the winds have changed with a surprising announcement.

Mayor Adrian Perkins made the big economic announcement for the City of Shreveport on Monday, Oct. 17.

The mayor said the city is partnering with REV Entertainment, a company based out of Arlington, to create a multi-sport facility separate from Fair Grounds Field.

The new facility will house baseball and other sports and entertainment activities.

When asked how this new project will affect the demolition of Fair Grounds Field, the mayor responded: “We don’t know how that’s going to play out right now. We want to make sure we’re staying focused on this particular project.

“We’re telling the citizens of Shreveport that we’re bringing baseball back and bringing back a multipurpose facility and we all are going to be able to re-create those memories, regardless, that we all grew up with.”

City officials say the partnership will one day involve bringing a minor league, independent baseball team back to the area.

The project would also sometimes serve as a venue for college/prep games.

Today I announced a partnership with REV Entertainment to create a state-of-the-art multi-sports facility that will...

Posted by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on Monday, October 17, 2022

The new facility reportedly would have 5,000-10,000 seats.

REV Entertainment’s venues include:

Choctaw Stadium

Globe Life Field

Few other details were answered when KSLA News 12 asked the city about paying for the project.

REV Entertainment President Sean Decker told KSLA News 12 they are still waiting on community input to start putting the plan and budget in place.

LIVE INTERVIEW WITH SEAN DECKER, president of REV Entertainment:

The mayor said the new space will be completely separate from Fair Grounds Field.

As you know, there is an ongoing legal battle to stop that ballpark from being demolished.

And a local group led by developer Linc Coleman announced weeks ago there are plans to do something very similar to what the city announced Monday: