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Triple-A baseball may soon plant roots in San Antonio, according to a statement from Mayor Ivy Taylor.
“I can confirm that I have been in detailed discussions for months with the San Antonio Missions. The (San Antonio) Missions are committed to being a partner in a downtown baseball project and are exploring every option available to bring a Triple-A baseball club to San Antonio.”
An announcement about those discussions will be made by Taylor and representatives from the San Antonio Missions, a Double-A team, sometime next week.
There have been feasibility studies done on several possible 8-acre ballpark locations around the city, including downtown, stated Leslie Garza, the mayor’s director of communications. But the Mayor’s office will not release an official list of options for the ballpark until “they’ve been narrowed down.”
This new venture would also mean luring a new Triple-A baseball team to the city, and the possible relocation or sale of the San Antonio Missions.
“However, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) will have to approve any teams moving into or out of our city,” Taylor stated.
The Missions currently call Wolff Stadium home, which is located west of downtown and is the oldest stadium in the Texas League.
“We should have been a Triple-A city a long time ago,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, the stadium’s namesake who was coincidentally attending his grandson’s baseball game on Wednesday. “We built (Wolff Stadium) where it could be sized up to fit a Triple-A team, but it would be great to bring that downtown, too. We’ve been talking about it for more than a year now, not sure what the final outcome will be.”
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
*Top image: The Fox Tech baseball field. Photo by Scott Ball.