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Missions, UTSA could share new San Antonio ballpark

San Antonio Missions 2015The San Antonio Missions (Class AA; Texas League) and University of Texas at San Antonio could share a new downtown ballpark under a plan floated by county officials.

The future of a new San Antonio ballpark has been under debate for years now, with Bexar County and Texas Rangers officials clearly expressing a desire for a Triple-A team and some investors even looking at the potential of an MLB team there. But one scenario would have the Missions share a new downtown ballpark with the UTSA Roadrunners, per Brad Parrott, UTSA’s senior associate athletic director for external affairs:

“We really need to step up our program since we’re in Conference USA,” Parrott said.  “We need to move into a new facility.  With all of the (athletic department’s) needs for funding, we know that we’re going to have to share, probably, a community-developed facility.”

UTSA has always projected that a new baseball stadium for its team would be built at the Park West athletics complex.

But Parrott said it’s “very, very important” for UTSA to move as quickly as possible, even if it means moving home games off campus to a downtown site.

“To wait until we would have the money to build a new stadium?” he asked.  “You have to be prepared to make concessions.  So, that’s one of the concessions we would have to make … that we would have to transport our kids and our students to the downtown location.”

These talks, as opposed to previous ones, seem to be more inclusive, with the Missions and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff (for whom Wolff Stadium is named) both involved.

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