FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A new baseball franchise will bring a team to play in Fort Smith in 2024.

The newly established Mid-America League, described as a premium baseball development league by Ball Park Digest, is gearing up to launch its new summer collegiate season in May 2024.

A major component of this endeavor is the development of a multipurpose stadium that will serve as the home for Fort Smith’s team. Details are yet to be finalized.

A press release says Fort Smith will be one of six markets in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Mayor George McGill expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting the positive impact it is expected to have on both aspiring players and the local community.

The league says it will contract with collegiate players from all NCAA divisions, NAIA and junior college programs with each team also leaving roster spots open for noncollege players who are looking to further their careers.

According to the release, the league will schedule 68 games between late May and early August. There will be 34 games at home and 34 away games.

No team name has been decided, but suggestions can be made here.