Camping, concerts in the works for Chihuahuas ballpark

Camping, concerts in the works for Chihuahuas ballpark
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POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:07am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:12am

El Paso Chihuahuas management tells NewsChannel 9 it's working to make sure El Pasoans get their $72 million worth out of Southwest University Park, even after the boys of summer are gone.

Wednesday evening, the ballpark played host to a screening of the film Field of Dreams as part of a kickoff to the El Paso Community Foundation's Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The movie night is part of a string of non-baseball events slated for the stadium, including charity walks, outfield camping for families and, eventually, concerts.

"This park is getting used as we envisioned it," said Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. 'We want this to be a community center. We want it to be used past the Chihuahuas home games."

Taylor said team marketing staff are already working to book musical acts for the stadium.

"Right now, we're in the stage of just trying to see what's available and what's out there," Taylor told NewsChannel 9. "Concerts have to routed way in advance."

Taylor said he hopes to have a concert booked by autumn or winter.

The clubhouse at Southwest University Park is also available for banquets, board meetings, weddings and quinceaneras, according to Taylor.

"We've already had multiple inquiries about holiday parties," he said.

At Wednesday night's movie, El Pasoan Boots Healy told NewsChannel 9 it just makes good business sense to have the ballpark running year-round.

"It's a good idea," she said. "Use it up because it’s beautiful."

Ballparks.com announced Wednesday it named Southwest University Park its ballpark of the year for 2014.

As mentioned above, the stadium will be hosting a family camping night on Friday, August 15. For more information, click here.

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