Mayor: City will not pay a penny more than agreed for ballpark

Updated: Monday, September 23 2013, 09:20 PM MDT
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By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas Mayor Oscar Leeser and Joshua Hunt of MountainStar Sports Group held a conference to clear the air about any misconceptions behind the development of the Triple-A baseball stadium.


Leeser said the city would not pay a penny more than its original commitment of $64 million to the ballpark and any additional costs will be fronted by MountainStar with "no strings attached."

As KFOX14 previously reported, the stadium may cost an additional $10 million to build, according to the El Paso Times. A MountainStar official emailed Leeser and said the current budget for the stadium may not be enough.

Hunt said his organization is not asking for additional funds from the city, and although the ballpark's designs haven't changed, the project has come in as more expensive than originally estimated.

The total cost of the ballpark is unknown, but any additional costs will be paid by MountainStar, Hunt said.

Initially, the ballpark was supposed to cost $50 million. That later jumped to the current $64 million. With the prospect of even more money being needed, some El Pasoans said enough is enough, while others say it's a necessary investment.

"If that's what it takes for us to have more stuff in El Paso to do, then I guess we've got no choice," resident Adam Lopez said in a previous interview. "I guess it was unexpected costs; they thought it was one thing, it came out to something else."

As far as the reason behind the additional costs, there isn't any specific feature that is the driving force, Hunt said.

"But if I (were) the citizens of El Paso, I would see that back in June, there was a $64 million ballpark and now it's (increased)," Hunt said. "There's been no reduction of certain amenities or scope changes. We'll be getting a first-class facility."

Leeser said he hopes this information will put an end to any controversy regarding the ballpark's additional costs.

He said that MountainStar wants a great product that the city will be proud of.

Mayor: City will not pay a penny more than agreed for ballpark
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