San Antonio

Why city’s best shot at new ballpark may not be downtown

SAN ANTONIO – The improvement of a downtown ballpark might spark ancillary improvement in San Antonio’s city core, however after years of dialogue and at least one examine exploring a number of websites, the extra viable dwelling for a baseball stadium may lie exterior the middle metropolis.

But even that might hinge on locking in a second tenant to share a stadium with the Double-A San Antonio Missions.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who confirmed months in the past that a number of teams had been exploring websites close to San Pedro Creek and at the previous Lone Star Brewery, in addition to in North San Antonio, now says the latter risk may have the “best chance” of advancing.

In 2016, I reported {that a} examine commissioned by the City of San Antonio and performed by Barrett Sports Group seemed at a number of potential downtown ballpark websites initially recognized by a separate group, Brailsford & Dunlavey, as “tier 1″ candidates. They included land near Market and Alamo streets where construction is now underway on Hemisfair’s Civic Park, as well as acreage near Broadway Street and a site to the west near San Pedro Creek.

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Assembling land near San Pedro Creek could prove a challenge.

And Wolff, who in 1994 spearheaded the development of the stadium near Port San Antonio that now bears his name, said infrastructure on the Lone Star site, including railroad tracks, could be a hurdle.

Meanwhile, a northern site, depending on where it is, could potentially draw UTSA’s interest as the university is working to improve its athletics facilities to bolster its move to the American Athletic Conference in 2023.

“If there was something to the north, obviously, that has a better chance for our participation and collaboration,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy mentioned.

While taking part in six school soccer video games within the Alamodome has its benefits for a college not in position at present to build a stadium nearer to campus, taking part in a full baseball schedule downtown would create logistical challenges for the Roadrunners.

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The college’s involvement would be key in a North Side stadium project, in keeping with Wolff.

“It would have to include UTSA to get public support,” he mentioned.

UTSA officers have burdened that they need what’s best for baseball and San Antonio and are not seeking to steer stadium discussions away from downtown.

“There’s a very strong effort downtown. And obviously, there’s a second effort that could be important that involves the North Side,” Eighmy mentioned. “We’re just letting the process work its way through. We are available, depending on what gets worked out.”

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