The independent Pacific Association is proposing a lease for Elks Field in Santa Maria (Cal.), with the local parks and rec commission expected to hear more about the proposal next week.
The proposal is to bring a minor league professional team to Santa Maria, and not a collegiate team. It has been about five years since the collegiate level Santa Maria Indians team left the city; they have since established themselves in the Templeton area…
“There are many details in this proposal that will have to be worked on before this project can be fully considered; the first step is for the Recreation & Parks Commission to vet the item at their meeting,” Posada said. “The City of Santa Maria has a goal to make the downtown area an attraction for local residents and visitors alike. The construction of the new theater project, new library, youth center and expanded businesses at the Santa Maria Town Center are all steps toward achieving this goal.”
We’re talking small facility here (one too small to support summer-collegiate ball in the past); a glimpse on Google Maps shows a sub-1,000-capacity facility totally hemmed in by other community fields and commercial buildings. Press reports from newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area (Santa Maria is about a third of the way up the coast, toward San Francisco) don’t indicate the league; we’ll find out next week.
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