San Antonio AAA baseball may hit a snag

Two weeks ago, the Elmore Sportsgroup announced they will move their AA team to Amarillo and their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. All in good faith the city of San Antonio would spend on a new AAA ballpark. Now it seems that several prominent politicians prefer Major League Soccer over Minor League Baseball.

This news must hit the Elmore Sports Group pretty hard. The group said that the AAA team would come to San Antonio’s Wolff Stadium as a temporary solution. Wolff does not meet the AAA demands, so a new stadium is needed.

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Nelson Wolff Stadium, current home of the San Antonio Missions

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff (whom Wolff Stadium is named after) are expressing clear support for MLS stadium expansion over a new MiLB ballpark.

Local Toyota Field has been bought by the city. The San Antonio Spurs own a USL team and have applied for a spot in the MLS. The MLS will expand with four teams and the announcement which cities will get a team is expected before the end of the year. This announcement will clarify the ballpark situation of the future AAA team.

Nelson Wolff said Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium could be expanded or a new one stadium could be built. As to whether there could be city or county involvement, “I just don’t know that yet,” Wolff said.

If MLS is coming to San Antonio, Toyota Field will need an expansion of 10,000 seats at least next to several bells and whistles like fan spaces and social spaces. This expansion will likely involve public money. In that case, one may wonder if a new AAA ballpark is feasible.

Since the Elmore Sports Group doesn’t have a stadium plan yet, there is nothing for the city of San Antonio to support.

Later this year, there will be more clarity on this subject for sure.

 

 

 

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