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With new ballpark and team, tourism expected to rise

With new ballpark and team, tourism expected to rise
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Friday, April 12, 2013 - 5:22pm

It's no secret that businesses are popping up left and right in our downtown area, in anticipation of the ballpark and the triple a baseball team. Not only will the project transform our city, but it will attract more tourists to the area.

The downtown area, it seems, is covered with orange cones and construction tape, not to mention the former city hall building missing large parts of its basement and gaping holes along its sides. But as the large banner says: it's happening. The builidng will be gone by Sunday and in its place, a ballpark and triple a team in the near future.
Bill Blaziek, with the Convention and Visitors Bureau says there's much more to come. While El Paso has hosted many large conventions, one complaint always remained: there's nothing to do after 5 p.m. Downtown, but that's all about to change, according to Blaziek.
He says the future baseball stadium will provide large corporations and companies with what they're looking for in a destination.

"They all have one thing in mind, to combine the business session with entertainment or the get away and I think we're posturing to be the most competitive and attractive site in Texas for these meetings and conventions," said Blaziek.

One of those large conventions, in particulare, is coming up in Spring and Summer of 2015. The U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships will bring more than 100,000 people to El Paso within in a three month period.
 

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