The push for a new Downtown baseball stadium continues to gather steam at San Antonio’s City Hall.
Mayor Ivy Taylor announced Thursday it will happen. San Antonio Missions Owner David Elmore told City Council a Triple-A team could be here as soon as 2019–if the Council gives a green light to the construction of a new ballpark.
“We have agreed we will bring our Triple-A team from Colorado Springs” Elmore told reporters after speaking to the Council, adding “We have to get he ok from the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball–but we would come here then.”
In the end, it could be up to voters to give an ok for spending the cash needed for the plan at the ballot box.
While adding his voice to the push for a new stadium, Elmore said the Team would not be a direct partner in any such project.
“What typically happens is the team does invest money in part of the facilities. It could be in concessions… it could be in signage. There are a variety of ways in which the team does get involved” Elmore said, quickly adding similar stadium projects have paid off in a big way in terms of downtown development in cities such as Nashville and Charlotte.
Either way, Elmore said the Double-A Missions will continue to play in San Antonio–in their current ballpark–through at least 2018. If a new downtown ballpark is built, and a Triple-A team does move to town–the Double-A team will be relocated to another city.