Facebook page wants Joe Davis to become outdoor music venue

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The rollercoaster of figuring out the fate of the Huntsville Stars leaves another question in the air: What will become of the Joe?

A baseball buzz around the stadium is a far cry from today's empty parking lot, fenced-off turnstiles, and the outline of where the Stars' logo used to be.

There's a social media push for a new purpose.

"What I would like to see is this become an ampitheater so that we can enjoy music and enjoy our local artists," said Kathleen Bishop.

She started a Facebook page to gain support for the idea that started in a conversation with her husband. She says it's perfect for vendors, big crowds, and big acts.

"We're really fortunate to have concert venues here already," said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. "Here is an opportunity for another one that will compliment what we have."

Now that the Stars are set to leave, Bishop says it would be a crying shame to let the Joe sit empty, especially when she remembers a music festival here in the Rocket City that was a big hit.

"We used to have the Big Spring Jam," she remembered, "we haven't had that in two years. So this could bring that type of thing back into our community as well."

"An outdoor ampitheater is something that could compliment as long as it doesn't compete with venues like Propst Arena," said Emerson, who believes the Joe could compliment the growth happening downtown. "Obviously, it's not a modern field, so it's unlikely you'll see professional baseball there again."

"I would like us to bring it up as a topic of discussion in front of Mayor Tommy Battle and our city council as well," said Bishop.

The twenty-nine-year-old stadium was built as a multi-purpose facility -- and was used for concerts and monster truck rallies in years past.