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Future of Cohen Stadium uncertain
By: Josh Zuber
EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso's City Council talked behind closed doors about possible uses for city-owned Cohen Stadium in northeast El Paso Tuesday.
The Independent League baseball team the El Paso Diablos played what is likely their last game at Cohen Stadium Sunday.
City Council officially took no action on what to do with Cohen Tuesday, so the future of the stadium and site is anyone's guess.
"We own the entire 50-acre complex and they're have been several proposals that have come forward for alternative uses of that complex including the facility," El Paso City Manager Joyce Wilson said.
Northeast city representative Carl Robinson called the Diablos leaving sad but also an opportunity.
"It's a new beginning," Robinson told KFOX 14.
Both he and Wilson wouldn't say what was talked about in executive session Tuesday, but Wilson did give a hit about what the future holds for Cohen.
This, as she says the bids are becoming "competitive."
"As part of the complex, yes. You know it won't be for professional-level sports. But alternative uses that would preserve the facility. That's part of the plan," Wilson said.
Northeast El Pasoans KFOX 14 talked to gave some ideas they have for the site.
"I would like to see may a racing environment type. You could maybe take down the stadium and build a racetrack," Justin Davis said.
Keeping baseball is also a popular option.
"(I'd like to see) a Little League baseball team in there," Carlos Sanchez said.
"Well, if we can't get a good team in there, like you, we should have it for the little team, the Little Leagues," Mary Welsh said.
Wilson said in the next 30-45 days, City Council will get a better idea of what some of the options are for the stadium.