The Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) will be back in Kino Stadium for 2013, as the team signs a one-year lease for next season.
With no ballpark developing in Escondido — the presumed ultimate destination when Jeff Moorad bought the Portland Beavers from Merritt Paulson — and no new ballpark opening in El Paso (the presumed destination now) until 2014, a one-year lease in Tucson was all but inevitable.
“We are thrilled to announce we will be back next year,” said Mike Feder, Tucson Padres Vice President and General Manager. “Not a day goes by that I’m not asked about next season on the concourse at games. It’s nice to finally give our fans an answer. We are now pleased to be able to offer this positive news.”
“This also gives us great enthusiasm for the remainder of this season, with our fans coming to the ballpark knowing they will be back in 2013,” Feder went on to say. “It was always our goal to provide quality family entertainment at affordable prices and we will continue to do so.”
“The Tucson ballclub is a historic member of the league and once again has demonstrated that it can perform successfully as a place we can count on for a quality field, a quality operation and good connectivity to other PCL markets,” said Branch B. Rickey, president of the Pacific Coast League.
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