Baseball Park Expected To Boost Local Economy

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 8:26pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 7:54am

Many local business owners that attended Tuesday's city council meeting, back up the plan and say the economic benefit could be enormous with a new downtown stadium.

The building of the ballpark will create more than 600 jobs in El Paso.

The president of El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation said the ballpark would be an important tool to use.

"We're in fierce competition right now for high quality jobs and investment. We're in the trenches every single day competing with communities that have these kinds of tools in their tool belt," said Bob Cook. "This will be another important tool that will aide our ability to create new jobs and investments to the region."

Cook said El Paso was just named the "can-do" capital of America and the new ballpark will put us over the top.

"Because of the things we're doing right now in this community to improve livability, sustainability and infrastructure which will lead to business opportunities and I'm telling you right now this will move us to a new level of economic development," said Cook.

The El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau said the ballpark will encourage businesses to move to the Sun City.

"You invest at this level, you show such enthusiasm and confidence for the development of downtown, hotel development will come to this city in that second wave and so will retailers and clubs," said Bill Blaziek.

One business owner stepped up to the podium and said it's time for El Paso to move forward.

"Build this stadium. Make downtown what it once was again and we'll all benefit, we'll reap the benefits for decades to come."

The new stadium will have about 9,000 thousand seats. The Triple-A team will play 71 games.

If the average attendance is more than 6,000, plus food and merchandise sales, it's estimated that $17 million a year would be generated from baseball game sales.

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