When I worked at WTMJ radio I reported extensively on the Miller Park debate.
At the time Brewers’ owner Bud Selig told me, “Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy.”
Selig brought baseball and a new stadium to Milwaukee.
Mike Zimmerman brought baseball and a new stadium last summer to Franklin.
The Milwaukee Milkmen and their new ballpark comprised the most substantial economic development project ever in the city of Franklin.
Opening day was held on June 24, 2019.
It was not a picture perfect weather day or night.
But spirits were not dampened as a huge crowd turned out.
Negotiations on a project of this magnitude are always complex. They take time and can be rather intense, especially when are numerous, contentious details that need to be ironed out.
You need the Common Council’s backing. Zimmerman had that, with Alderman Steve Taylor doing the yeoman’s work.
But you also need the mayor. Steve Olson, at first, was cautious, to say the least. No one could accuse him of jumping into the endeavor quickly or blindly. I called the mayor on my blog a “Johnny Come Lately.” But come around he did. And Franklin now has a high quality, authentic, bonafide, big league destination for the entire family.
From Opening Day:
Mayor Olson with the Zimmerman’s.
And now there excitement like never before in Franklin. One more reason Mayor Steve Olson deserves to be re-elected.