El Paso mayor comments on Padres contract extension

Updated: Wednesday, September 4 2013, 09:09 PM MDT
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By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas – Baseball fans may have to wait a little longer than expected before piling into El Paso's new Triple-A baseball stadium. 

The city's new team, currently known as the Tucson Padres, was scheduled to start playing in the new ballpark next April, but a vote from the Pima County board of supervisors in Arizona is scaring a lot of local baseball fans.

MountainStar Sports Group asked Pima County leaders to extend the Padres' contract for up to an additional year.

The vote passed, and as a result, if the El Paso stadium isn't complete, the Padres will stay in Arizona.

"They want to make sure that if something between now and opening day happens that they're prepared," said Mayor Oscar Leeser

The city of El Paso rushed through a lot of procedures to assure the new baseball stadium would be done in time.

City officials released a statement Wednesday stating that there's always an odd chance construction can be slowed down.

"There are many variables which could impact the construction between now and then; the City of El Paso will complete the city-owned facility as expeditiously, safely, and efficiently as possible," said William F. Studer, Deputy City Manager for Development and Tourism.

Many are calling the contract extension a security blanket.

"It doesn't mean that they're going to play the whole year there. It doesn't even mean that they're going to play one game there. It just means they're prepared if they have to play any games there," Leeser said.

KFOX14 attempted to contact MountainStar to ask what would happen to those who already purchased tickets in the event that the stadium isn't open in 2014, but they have yet to respond.

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