Gainesville Daily Register

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September 24, 2012

MacPherson: Locke Field is more than just a stadium



I’m a proponent of growth in Gainesville. I still believe in the old Gainesville motto of having a “small town atmosphere with a global attitude.” But I think it should be done the right way, not by wiping away history.

There are plenty of places to build new complexes -- albeit not all city own. And, of course, location, location, location is the first rule of real estate. But if there’s a demand for apartments in Gainesville, then people will rent regardless of location.

As the DFW metroplex continues its slow crawl up Interstate 35, the city will face more and more tough decisions in regards to its growth. This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.

All I ask for is a little more thought and consideration of the history of the town and the stadium.

I’ve attended hundreds of high school baseball stadiums in this state and, when kept correctly, Locke Field ranks up there with any of them.

It would be a shame to lose it for another generic chain link fence field at GHS.

Of course that might be easier to demolish 70 years from now.

Keith MacPherson is the sports editor at the Gainesville Daily Register. He can be reached at

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