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Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 00:02
EL PASO, TX — A baseball park could be coming to downtown El Paso within two years, and bringing along with it, a Triple A minor league baseball team.
The proposed $50 million stadium would be built downtown.
According to a non-compete clause in the contract, the Diablos would have to leave the El Paso city limits for the new Triple A team to come in.
The general manager of the Diablos said the Tigua Tribe, who purchased the team last year, could move the franchise to another city or to a new facility in the Socorro area.
"There is talk right now of the Tigua Tribe building a stadium in Socorro and keeping the Diablos there. We own a franchise in the American Association worth half a million dollars for the franchise itself. Obviously if you don't have a lease, it brings the value of the business down. But we own a franchise in the American Association, the top Independent professional league in the country. We want to be able to continue to be able to operate that somewhere,” said Matt LeBranche.
On Tuesday, the city council will hear the proposal for the stadium to be built downtown and then they will vote whether to go forward with plans.
The investors, Mountainstar Sports Group, said the stadium deal must be in place before the purchase of the Triple A team can be final.