Contract awarded for study of $105 million ballpark complex proposal

FIRST STEPS:  A baseball stadium and (far right) 300-room hotel are in the first phase of REV Entertainment’s proposed development along Interstate 20 at the State Fair Grounds to be reviewed for feasibility by Chicago-based Baker Tilley. (Graphic by REV Entertainment)

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports 

As expected, the City of Shreveport has chosen the Chicago-based firm Baker Tilly to conduct a feasibility study regarding REV Entertainment’s multi-purpose stadium and entertainment project, proposed for the Louisiana State Fair Grounds.

The decision was announced Thursday by city officials. The city expects Baker Tilly’s work to take approximately nine months to complete after the contract is formally awarded.

Tuesday, the Shreveport-Bossier Journal was the first to report that a choice would be announced by the end of this week, and the choice would likely be Baker Tilly, which has locations in 20 states and does business globally.

The results of Baker Tilly’s study will likely play a significant role in the city deciding if it will move forward with REV’s project.

Shreveport Chief Administrative Officer Tom Dark told the Journal he expects a contract to be signed next month. The cost for Baker Tilly’s services is anticipated to be approximately $150,000.

Four companies submitted Requests For Proposals to provide their consulting services. The selection committee, which met Tuesday, included Mayor Tom Arceneaux, Dark, Director of Finance Sherricka Fields Jones, and Shreveport Parks and Public Assembly director Shelly Ragle.

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