The Alexandria Aces (independent; United League Baseball) are officially returning to Bringhurst Field, as the indy circuit signs a lease that will work around the dangerous portions of the historic ballpark.
As you’ll recall, late last season a different version of the Aces — this one playing in the summer-collegiate Texas Collegiate League — pulled out of Bringhurst Field after inspectors found several problems with the ballpark’s structural integrity. The Aces ended the season working around portions of the ballpark blocked off to fan access.
That limitation isn’t stopping United League Baseball from putting a sixth league team at Bringhurst Field, and yesterday league officials signed a lease with the Alexandria (La.) City Council for $12,000 — $2,000 per months of the six-month lease. The lease also lays the groundwork for a feasibility study to determine the cost of fixing up the historic facility. From towntalk.com:
As part of the agreement, team owners will also prepare a feasibility study to renovate and reconstruct Bringhurst, which has some structural issues that prevent the full use of the park.
For this season, the city has committed to having available the metal seats in the lower part of the stadium; the freestanding grandstands on the left- and right-field lines; and the first three rows and the first level of deck tables in the main grandstand.
That configuration should allow for a seating capacity of about 1,250.
United League Baseball, which was part of the North American League the past few years, is now at six teams for 2013: Fort Worth, San Angelo, Edinburg, McAllen, Alexandria and Harlingen.
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