Diablos Future Uncertain as City Mulls New Team, Stadium
POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:45am
The El Paso Diablos, recently purchased by the Tigua Tribe, suddenly have a murky future. Due to the El Paso City Council's meeting Tuesday where they will discuss the financial plan of a future downtown stadium on the site which currently sits City Hall, in the agenda states: Except for the existing agreement with the current tenant of Cohen Stadium, the city shall not operate or allow others to operate Cohen Stadium, or any other facility that would operate affiliated or independent baseball.
Speaking Rock General Manager Karl Maahs spoke to NC9 on this. "That non compete clause would effectively end the Diablos as we know it at the end of the 2015 season. It kind of patches in to what we were doing in the offseason, on fixing up Cohen Stadium. It definitely affects our long term plan, we were talking about putting turf down there."
Maahs said they will attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday.
In terms of stadiums, Albuquerque built a bigger park than the proposed stadium in downtown El Paso for $25 million. The City will spend no more than $50 million. Newschannel 9's Beau Bagley breaks both stadiums down.