Roses, City Come to Agreement
The drama between the city and the Laredo Roses football team continued today, as the Roses showed up at city hall wanting to talk to city officials.
As you may remember, the Roses were not allowed to play in what they consider their home field Uni-Trade stadium two weeks ago due to a temporary certificate of occupancy.
With another game scheduled two weeks away, they met with Mayor Raul Salinas today to try to resolve any issues.
The Roses said they just want a place to call home.
(Esmeralda Gonzales\Roses Center): "What's in the past is in the past. Our main objective is to find a home for us to play in."
But time is quickly running out, the Roses have less than two weeks to find a home field, otherwise they will become a team that plays all their games on the road.
(Alejandro Ramirez\Roses coach): "The sooner the better, so we can do publications, publicity for everything you know."
But the biggest issue between the two sides is the sale of alcoholic beverages, which is not allowed on school property. When the roses were offered an LISD field, they did not attend the meeting."
Roses officials said a beverage company sponsors the league and they want to be like every other team in Laredo.
"Any other sport in Laredo, the Lemurs, the Rattlesnakes, they do those things. We are a semiprofessional football, so we want to endorse the full league completely."
City officials said they were unaware of that issue and said they will support finding the Roses a home.
(Mayor Raul Salinas\City of Laredo): "We are going to look at other fields, maybe Veterans field, maybe other fields to make sure they have a home."
(Horacio De Leon\Assistant City Manager): "I believe they are interested in the sale of alcohol and Veterans Field has that possibility."
The city of Laredo officials and the coaches are scheduled to do a walk through of Veterans field Tuesday morning to see if that is a possibility for them to play in.