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New San Jose Ballpark to be Pitched

San Jose Giants

Talks are beginning for a new San Jose Giants (High A; California League) ballpark, as a proposal will be presented this week.

San Jose Municipal Stadium has a long history with professional baseball, having first opened in 1942. With the ballpark about to turn 75, a replacement is apparently in the works, as a new facility for the Giants would be part of a development at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

The county has made it known that it wants to rejuvenate the fairgrounds, and is seeking ideas about potential projects that could attract visitors and diversify the property’s offerings. At this point, discussions appear to be in the early stages, with a Giants’ ballpark among the pitches that the county will hear on Tuesday night. More from the San Jose Mercury News:

The presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Fiesta Hall at the Fairgrounds, and each one will get 15 minutes to present their proposals and qualifications. Unfortunately, there won’t be any public questions or comments allowed, but you can bet that’ll be part of a future step. You can see the full list of groups that responded to the Request for Qualifications and see other details in the process at

 “The future of the Fairgrounds is a once-in-a-generation decision that will sculpt the area for a lifetime,” Supervisor Cindy Chavez said in a release. “We are seeking partners with the best ideas.”
The Giants were one of 11 entities to respond to Santa Clara County’s request for qualification. (You can view the full list here.) That gives the county plenty of options in planning the development, but ballpark discussions could remain in the mix, especially now that the talks are off between the Oakland A’s and San Jose about a new major league ballpark.

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