City of Midland Working to Lease Christensen Stadium to Midland College

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Midland College and the City of Midland are teaming up to make sure the Midland College baseball team has a place to play. But the agreement on Christensen Stadium would benefit not only baseball fans but events all across the city.

Should the agreement be approved, the stadium where the Midland College baseball team plays, could be theirs to own. 

Under the 30-year agreement, Midland College will lease Christensen Stadium for just $1.00 a year for the next four years.

Midland College will assume control of expenses and operations, the cost of which is an estimated $70,000 a year.

In addition to giving the college baseball team a more permanent home, the upside to ownership is the ability to use the stadium for other fundraising opportunities, like high school tournaments and concerts.

Midland College Athletic Director Forrest Allen said it would be great to call a stadium so connected to the community their home. 

"This place has an incredible history with professional baseball here," Allen said. "And so many great players that we've all heard of have played here as members of the Chicago Cubs back when we had a Cubs franchise here, so it's nice to have a facility still here and viable."

Now, the Midland City Council still has to approve the agreement before it takes hold. 

They'll vote on it in the coming months.