Baseball enthusiasts in Sherbrooke could soon have the opportunity to play year-round, as Steve Langlois prepares to pitch his dome and synthetic turf project to the city council.
Langlois, president of the Complexe Turf-Dôme Sherbrooke, has been working on bringing his project to life for over two years. He had the support of former Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier. However, he suffered a setback when Lussier was ousted as mayor in November.
In a phone interview, Langlois told The Record that his vision is to have a new synthetic baseball diamond outside of the Centre Julien-Ducharme Sports Complexe, where he would erect a dome over the field during the winter months, in the next three to five years.
The project would cost an estimated $7 million, according to Langlois, which covers the installation of a synthetic turf field, as well as labour fees to put up the massive dome. But he will have to convince the new city council, and Mayor Évelyne Beaudin, of his project’s viability.