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Ripken Heads Ballpark Effort

October 13, 2000

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) _ Cal Ripken has agreed to head the construction effort of a $25 million minor league stadium and baseball academy, which had been on hold because of poor ticket sales.

Groundbreaking for the 6,000-seat stadium complex is expected to take place within the next three weeks, the Baltimore Orioles’ third baseman said Thursday.

``To begin construction on this project is very exciting to me,″ he said.

Construction is expected to take 15 months, with games to begin in 2002.

The stadium will be the home of the Aberdeen Arsenal of the Atlantic League. The complex also will be the site of the Cal Ripken World Series for 11- and 12-year-olds, and will be played on six youth diamonds modeled after major league parks.

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