Breaking Ground: City Baseball Stadium
With Laredo's Little Leaguers showing off their skills, City officials along with several special guests broke ground Saturday morning on a project many have been waiting for.
Mark Schuster, of Ventura Sports Group, says, “It’s exciting. It’s going to be a hub of activity for all of Laredo.”
The money was set aside in 2000, and in 2008. Laredo's voters approved to move forward with the construction of the baseball stadium, which will be located right behind the Laredo Energy Arena.
An 18-million dollar project, officials say, will be that and more.
“We're a lot more than baseball. We're going to be doing concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts shows. For that reason, we built a permanent concert stage above the center field wall.”
A capacity of 6 thousand during baseball games, 16 thousand during concerts, along with 21 concession stands, and over 900 parking spaces will be included too.
City Manager Carlos Villarreal says, “Jobs, economic development is the principal focus to have a great ball club for Laredo’s public, not only for Laredo, but Nuevo Laredo, and maybe starting new rivalries playing between teams of both cities.”
Officials say there will be something for everyone.
“It’s great to see kids with bats in their hands and smiles on their faces. We always let the kids run the bases after the game. It’s their field, not our field,” says Schuster.
“The stadium is expected to be complete in one year, just in time for the 2012 baseball season.”
Annette Garcia, Pro 8 News.