Uncertainty about the new-ballpark status is leading the El Paso Chihuahuas (Class AAA: Pacific Coast League) to move the home opener to April 28, instead of the originally scheduled April 11.
The Chihuahuas will play their April 11th–14th games against the Reno Aces in Tucson.
The decision comes after meeting with the City of El Paso project manager. The homestand will begin with a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies, followed by an additional four home games played through May 5th against the Sacramento River Cats.
“While there was a possibility that the home opener could be played on April 11th, we want to ensure we can offer the quality ballpark experience that El Paso deserves and that we are ready for all aspects of family-friendly fun,” said Alan Ledford, president of MountainStar Sports Group, the company that owns the Chihuahuas.
Ledford said that the adjustment of the home opening date will allow construction crews the critical time required to prepare the ballpark for “a great experience” on April 28. Public safety components, concession spaces, and state-of-the-art amenities will be finalized during this time. The Chihuahuas will play on the road for the four games that were originally scheduled in El Paso.
“We have one chance to do opening day right and we owe it to the community to make sure that first impression of every detail in the ballpark is unforgettable,” Ledford added. “This is as much about the whole ballpark experience as it is about playing baseball. April 28th will be worth the wait.”
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