Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the idea of building a new, taxpayer funded baseball stadium to house the San Antonio Missions as they make the move this season from AA to AAA level baseball is 'pretty much dead,' News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Former Mayor Ivy Taylor had proposed a purpose-built AAA baseball stadium downtown, specifically in an area of the newly renovated Hemisfair, across I-37 from the Alamodome.
While the owner of the Missions is pushing for a new stadium, Wolff told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board there is no support for it on the city or county levels, and the key now is the upgrade Wolff Stadium to meet AAA standards.
"They should take a look at the stadium we have today, estimate how much it will cost to build a couple of thousand more seats, expand the boxes, you know."
Wolff says the existing stadium, which is named for him following his terms at San Antonio Mayor in the early 1990s, is the perfect place for the Missions to continue playing. He says the growth of the city in the past twenty years has left the stadium at Highway 90 and Callaghan more in the center of the city's population.
"Just go out 90 where the stadium is and keep on going out, and there is just one subdivision after another going out there."
Wolff says the existing stadium can handle the seat expansion required by AAA, and it would be far less expensive than building a new venue, which would have to be approved by voters.