El Paso's downtown ballpark opens to eager Chihuahuas fans


POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:39pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 12:10pm

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After two years of controversy and an unprecedented construction schedule, El Paso's downtown

Triple-A ballpark opened Monday to thousands of eager baseball fans.

The El Paso Chihuahuas met the Fresno Grizzlies in front of a sold out crowd. The first pitch was scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Southwest University Park opened to fans around 5:30, 30 minutes later than officials had hoped for.

Metered parking around the ballpark was swallowed up early in the afternoon, but many fans said they had no issues finding parking.

No major traffic incidents or tie-ups were reported.

Westsider David Telles, who parked two blocks from the park, said he arrived around 4:30.

"Being the first game, I just wanted to make sure to get a good parking spot," Telles told NewsChannel 9.

The Chihuahuas team arrived at El Paso International Airport around 12:30 Monday, the first time the team set foot in the Sun City as a whole.

The players' cars were shipped from Peoria, Arizona, where the team trains.

Pitcher Branch Kloess, from Montgomery, Alabama, said he was floored by El Paso's state-of-the-art facility.

"It's really a sight to see," he said. "This is a Big League stadium; it's unbelievable."

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