Lubbock Minor League Baseball Team Strikes Out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/04

Lubbock Minor League Baseball Team Strikes Out

A proposal to bring minor league baseball to Lubbock has struck out, at least with Texas Tech.

On Friday the University's Board of Regents declined to approve the donation of 82 acres of land for the proposed project. Tech says they'd be willing to give up 50 acres of land, but not 80.

A statement released by the university says, "In considering the ballpark proposal during its February meeting, the board outlines parameters for further consideration of the proposal that limited discussions to the development of the land for a baseball facility only. However, at today's meeting, the proposal submitted specified that an additional 30 acres of Texas Tech land would have to be included in the project as retail and commercial development in order for the project to be feasible. Since this request for additional Texas Tech land was outside the original scope of the project as specified by the regents in February, the proposal was declined."

The investment group, known as the West Texas Professional Baseball Group, issued this response. "While this project, which was cutting edge in nature, between Texas Tech, the City of Lubbock and the private sector and provided a needed solution to aging facilities on Tech's campus, including baseball, women's softball and women's soccer, as well as increasing the quality of life for residents of West Texas, all without direct cost to the taxpayers. This setback is temporary in nature, as the City of Lubbock, its Council and the mayor have been steadfast in support of this project and continue to show great leadership. We look forward to meeting with them in the near future to explore the multiple options that remain available."

Friday's developments are a huge blow to not only this investment group, but also to the Texas Tech baseball team, who would've called a brand-new, state-of-the-art stadium home.

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