New city baseball field may not include Laredo Broncos
Jul 28, 2009 at 10:06 PM CST
With recent talks about a new baseball park we now learn that the new stadium may mean bad news for the Broncos.
As city officials begin to narrow down their pick as to who will manage the new field, their decision could decide the fate of the local team.
Jesus Olivares - Assistant City Manager "Ventura Sports has an interest in bringing a team to Laredo. They are also project managers that could very easily have a contract with the City to manage the contract and the building of the stadium."
Ventura Sports wants to bring a new baseball stadium to Laredo. It's a plan, which looked good on paper and proved to be even better as City leaders visited another Ventura Park; Quick Trip park in Grand Prairie near Dallas. Bringing home what they saw, officials are impressed even if the plan includes a new team. This is something which really upsets the general manager for the Laredo Broncos, Jose Melendez.
Jose Melendez - General Manager, Laredo Broncos "I've been working 20 hours a day and to hear another group wants to come in with a new baseball team..."
No final decision has been made and under the plan the Broncos don't have to completely go away.
"That could be an independent team that comes in separately or it could be the team we have now, the Broncos. But these are all things that need to be negotiated."
"I don’t know why we're being punished for playing here for four years. If we had a new stadium from the beginning and we weren't drawing, then there's a reason to get someone else in that can draw."
"So why aren't the Broncos selling out these seats here at Veterans Field? Well Melendez says it's because they're playing in a third generation field and families aren't finding the attractions and amenities they would usually find at a minor league baseball stadium."
"When you come out to a baseball game this day and age at a minor league baseball stadium, people come for the atmosphere. Very rarely do wins and losses matter at a minor league baseball stadium. It's how much fun you're having at the game."
And Broncos fans don’t want to see their team go.
Lucero Martinez - Broncos Fan "I would prefer to see the Broncos play at that new stadium because it's a really fun and exciting experience and I enjoy coming to the games a lot and having fun with the crowd."
The Broncos have been here in Laredo for four years. Ultimately it will be the mayor and council who decide whether the team stays or goes.