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Ballpark Opening Delayed, Chihuahuas Will Return to Tucson for First Few Home Games

El Paso Chihuahuas HeadThe home opener for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League) has been delayed until April 28 to allow their new ballpark in downtown El Paso (TX) to be completed.  Read more here.  The Chi-Waz (our new nickname for the team) will play their first home games at Kino Stadium in Tucson (AZ) on April 11-14.  Read more here.

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Kino Stadium Complex Needs $1.5M Annual Subsidy

Tucson Padres LogoPima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said that while public use of Kino Sports Complex continues to grow, the county will have to dedicate roughly $1.5 million a year to maintain current operations.  Kino Stadium, located at the complex, is the soon-to-be-former home of the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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United League Targeting Tucson

United League LogoIt has been extremely quiet on the indy pro United League Baseball front, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anything going on behind the scenes.  The league has submitted a proposal to lease Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson (AZ) starting this season.  The ballpark is the soon-t0-be-former home of the Triple-A Tucson Padres/El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Ovations Awarded El Paso Ballpark Concessions Contract

Pacific Coast LeagueFlorida-based Ovations Food Services has been awarded the concessions contract for the minor league baseball park under construction in Downtown El Paso (TX) for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Price for El Paso Ballpark $10 Million More?

Tucson Padres LogoMountainStar Sports Group, the owner of the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) relocating to El Paso (TX), told city officials on Saturday that the new ballpark under construction in downtown El Paso could cost an additional $10 million to build.  Read more here.

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T-Pads GM Named Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year

Tucson Padres LogoPRESS RELEASE – Tucson Padres General Manager Mike Feder has been named 2013 Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year. The annual award is voted on by league general managers. This is the second PCL Executive of the Year Award for Feder, who also won in 1991 while running the Tucson Toros at Hi Corbett Field. Continue reading

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Failure to Find Early Buyers for Bonds Will Jack Up Price of New El Paso Ballpark

Pacific Coast LeagueThe city of El Paso (TX) will reportedly have to spend an extra $17 million on bonds to finance its new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) after an initial attempt to sell the debt failed.  Read more here.

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New El Paso Ballpark Begins to Take Shape

Pacific Coast LeagueWasting no time, construction crews are preparing to lay cement for the main concourse for the new $60.2 million downtown El Paso (TX) ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more and view photo here.

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Change In Interest Rates Drive Up Cost of New El Paso Ballpark

Pacific Coast LeagueThe city of El Paso’s (TX) long-term debt for the Downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) will increase by about $17 million after a change to the interest rates on the bonds to finance it was approved by the El Paso Downtown Development Corp. on Thursday.  Read more here.

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MountainStar Rejects Personal Guarantee Idea

Pacific Coast LeagueEl Paso (TX) City Council Rep. Eddie Holguin, an opponent of the new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), is calling on individual members of MountainStar Sports Group to make personal guarantees for the additional $12.1 million the group agreed to pay toward the project.  In a statement, MountainStar officials have rejected the idea.  Read more here.

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Nickname Finalists Announced for El Paso Team

Pacific Coast LeagueMountainStar Sports Groups announced Thursday that the five finalists for the nickname for the Triple-A team coming to El Paso (TX) are the Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Chihuahuas, Desert Gators, Sun DogsRead more here.  Fans may vote here on the nickname now through midnight June 27.

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El Paso Council Approves Higher Ballpark Price Tag

Pacific Coast LeagueIn a 5-3 vote, the El Paso (TX) City Council on Tuesday approved a new price tag of $60.8 million for the design and construction of the new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Council to Vote Tuesday on New $60.8 Million Ballpark Contract

Pacific Coast LeagueThe El Paso City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal to increase the price tag for the new ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tuscon Padres (Pacific Coast League) by $8-million to pay for additional seating and amenities.  Read more here.

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MountainStar Sports to Pony Up $12.1 Million More for Ballpark Project

Pacific Coast LeagueMountainStar Sports Group, the investors bringing a Triple-A baseball team to El Paso next year, will pay $12.1 million more toward the Downtown baseball stadium if an amended contract is approved by the City Council on Tuesday.  Read more here.

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El Paso Holds Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony

Pacific Coast LeagueAbout 300 people showed up in downtown El Paso (TX) Thursday for the official groundbreaking for the new ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more and watch video here.

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Today Is Groundbreaking Day for New El Paso Ballpark

Pacific Coast LeagueThe groundbreaking ceremony for the new downtown El Paso (TX) ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) will take place Thursday at 11 a.m.  Read more here.

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El Paso Approves $50-Plus Million Ballpark Budget

Pacific Coast LeagueAfter a heated argument over budget estimates for the new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), the El Paso (TX) City Council voted 5-3 to approve a $52.8 million budget for the project.  Read more and view new rendering here.

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Cost of New El Paso Ballpark Could Rise by $10M

Pacific Coast LeagueThe cost of the new downtown El Paso (TX) baseball stadium for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) could increase by $10 million if the City Council approves changes to the construction contract Tuesday — two days before the ballparks’ official groundbreaking.  Read more here.

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El Paso Ballpark Groundbreaking Set for May 30

Pacific Coast LeagueThe city of El Paso and the MountainStar Sports Group announced on Monday that the groundbreaking for the new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) will be held on May 30.  Read more here.

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El Paso Triple-A Baseball Hires GM

Pacific Coast LeagueMountainStar Sports Group has hired Brad Taylor as the new general manager of the Triple-A club relocating from Tucson (AZ) to El Paso (TX).  Taylor is currently the team president and general manager of the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League).  Read more here.

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El Paso Ballpark Impacting Election Outcomes?

Tucson Padres LogoThe mayoral and three city council races in El Paso (TX) are headed toward a run0ff election on June 15, as none of the candidates for these offices received a majority of the vote on Saturday.  With so many candidates running, it is hard to tell if the new downtown ballpark project played a significant role in the voting.  Read more here.

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El Paso City Hall Comes Down

Tucson Padres LogoThe 10-story, 34-year-old former El Paso (TX) City Hall building was imploded on Sunday morning to make room for the new ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more and view photo here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for posting the news on Twitter.

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El Paso Stadium Artists Chosen

Pacific Coast LeagueThe El Paso Public Art Program on Monday announced the three artists chosen to create artwork for the new downtown stadium for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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El Paso, Union Pacific Reach Deal

Pacific Coast LeagueThe city of El Paso (TX) and Union Pacific Railroad have reached a deal whereby the city will give Union Pacific some property near Union Depot in exchange for a parcel of railroad land abutting the site for the new $50-million ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  The city council is expected to be presented with the final agreement by April.  By this time, the Insights Continue reading

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First Peek at El Paso Ballpark Renderings

Pacific Coast LeagueArtist renderings of the new $50-million ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) were presented to the El Paso City Council Tuesday by Populous, the design firm hired to design the facility.  Read more and watch video hereView renderings here.

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Judge Gives OK for Ballpark Bonding

Tucson Padres LogoA Texas state judge in Austin has ruled that El Paso officials may proceed with a bond sale to finance construction of a new $50 million ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Judge Keeps Case in State Court, Fines Opponents $5,000

Tucson Padres LogoA federal judge in Austin (TX) has ruled that the city of El Paso may continue its bond validation lawsuit in state court so it can press ahead with building the new $50 million ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  At the same time, the judge sanctioned the anti-ballpark group for its “bad-faith” conduct.  Read more here.

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Legal Maneuver Could Delay Bonds to Build El Paso Ballpark

Tucson Padres LogoDuring a hearing Monday to determine whether the city of El Paso can issue bonds to finance construction of the new $50-million ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), opponents  filed a petition to move the case from state court to federal court.  This legal maneuver could delay the issuance of bonds for the project, but it appears the city feels confident enough about winning Continue reading

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Political Giving Riles Ballpark Opponent in El Paso

Tucson Padres LogoFrom our perspective, this is pretty ho-hum, but some like to make hay out of political giving in candidate and referendum campaigns.  It is no different in El Paso, where at least one ballpark opponent is raising concerns about contributions by MountainStar Sports Group and others to El Paso Tomorrow, a political action committee (PAC) established to support the referendum for the new ballpark for the relocating Continue reading

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Talking El Paso Ballpark Design

Tucson Padres LogoDesign elements for the new ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) are coming together.  As conveyed by the El Paso Times, “The design theme will be based on the Union Depot and incorporate architectural details found in the region’s historic buildings such as the Kress Building.”   Read more hereView renderings gallery here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story link.

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El Paso Will Seek Ruling to Halt Ballpark Opposition

Tucson Padres LogoIn order to neutralize the lawsuits and petitions aimed at stopping the demolition of City Hall and building a new downtown ballpark for the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), the city of El Paso (TX) plans to file for an expedited declaratory judgment from the courts, which the city hopes will result in a ruling that says the bonds for the new stadium and its associated contracts are valid.  Read more here.

 

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El Paso Expected to Approve Construction Contract

Tucson Padres LogoThe El Paso (TX) City Council on Tuesday is expected to award a contract of about $40-million to the general contractor that will oversee the construction of the new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  The council will also consider asking the courts to conclusively rule that the project’s financing plan is legal.  Read more here.

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El Paso Hires Populous to Design New Ballpark

The El Paso City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve a more than $3 million contract with Kansas City-based Populous (formerly HOK) as the designer for the city’s new $50 million downtown ballpark for the relocated Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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City Manager Takes Heat for E-mails

If you don’t want information or comments you might make showing up in the newspaper, don’t put them in an e-mail.  That’s a hard lesson El Paso city manager Joyce Wilson has learned after taking heat for e-mail remarks she made in July about critics of the ballpark and the bond referendum.  Read more here.

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Voters Approve Hotel Tax Funding for New El Paso Ballpark

Voters in El Paso (TX) on Tuesday approved a higher hotel occupancy tax to help finance a new $50 million ballpark for the relocated Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) owned and operated by MountainStar Sports Group.  Read about here.

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MountainStar Sports Finalizes Purchase of T-Pads

MountainStar Sports Group has finalized the purchase of the Triple-A Tucson Padres in preparation for the team’s move to a new $50 million downtown ballpark in El Paso (TX).  Read more and view news clip here.  A website has been set up for the team at www.ElPasoTripleA.com.

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El Paso Lawsuit Explained

Curious about the details of a lawsuit filed by former Mayor Ray Salazar and others to block the construction of a new $50 million downtown El Paso (TX) ballpark for the soon-to-be relocated Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League)?  The Courthouse News Service lays it out for you here.  The plaintiffs claim conspiracy and violations of the Voting Rights Act, the City Charter and due process.

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Timetable a Problem for New El Paso Ballpark?

Concerns have been raised that the timetable to build a new downtown ballpark in El Paso for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) and navigate all the pitfalls (including a lawsuit) in time for the 2014 season is unrealistic, but experts disagree.  Read more here.

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Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta Returning to Kino Stadium

PRESS RELEASE – The Tucson Padres, Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau and Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment are bringing the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta back to Tucson on October 4-7 at Kino Stadium. Continue reading

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MountainStar Moves on T-Pads

MountainStar Sports Group announced Wednesday that they are moving forward with the purchase of the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), after the El Paso (TX) City Council approved a ballpark deal with the group last week.  Read more here.

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