The Franklin County commissioners announced the formation of two groups to look into replacing aging Cooper Stadium with a new downtown ballpark. I'm pretty juiced about this idea. They are looking at the Arena District as a probable location. That is where it should be located.
Minor league baseball parks, and sporting venues in general, draw much better when they are located in an entertainment districts. Cooper Stadium's problem is that it's landlocked, there is nothing to do nearby unless you want to rent a 60' boom lift, do some graverobbing, or play Frogger on the freeway. I personally haven't attended a Clippers game in years, but would probably go to around ten games a year if it was in the Arena District.
I hope to be sitting downtown in April of 2007 sipping on a cool one watching baseball with downtown Columbus as a backdrop.