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Construction begins on new El Paso ballpark

New El Paso ballpark

With City Hall imploded and its debris almost gone, construction has begun on a new downtown El Paso ballpark for the relocating Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League).

Debris from City Hall is still being removed (that chore should be completed by the end of the week), but in the meantime crews are installing a retaining wall and footings for the new ballpark. Crews are definitely on a deadline: the ballpark is slated to open for the 2014 season. From the El Paso Times:

City Rep. Susie Byrd, a supporter of bringing Triple-A baseball to El Paso, said it’s good to see the project moving forward. She said she is excited about it.

“It’s going to be a great thing for Downtown,” Byrd said. “The stadium is one of those investments in quality of life and in putting more things to do in our city that would pay off in the long run in terms of more jobs.”

She said the city has a good team of people managing the project, and she is confident that El Paso will be able to meet its opening-day deadline.

Meanwhile, team ownership is still on the hunt for a team name, with an open contest for city residents to submit their favorites.

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