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Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope on city-funded minor league ball park: 'The cake is not baked'

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope discussing minor league baseball team with KCBD reporter Gloria DeLeon (Source: KCBD) Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope discussing minor league baseball team with KCBD reporter Gloria DeLeon (Source: KCBD)
David Nelson's statement issued to KCBD David Nelson's statement issued to KCBD
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope confirms the City of Lubbock has been approached by a minor league baseball group asking the city to place a city-funded ball park on the November ballot. The effort would be funded by the hotel/motel tax.

"This cake is not baked," said Mayor Pope expressing his skepticism of the project and how little is known about it.

David Nelson, former City Council member and current attorney said on Friday, "Due to our agreement with Minor League Baseball, I cannot make any comment about the possibility of relocating a Minor League Baseball club to Lubbock, at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this endeavor."

The issue of a minor league baseball team in Lubbock is scheduled to be discussed at Thursday's regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

And, if you take a look at this week's council agenda, you'll find it at the bottom, written in a language, only lawyers could understand.

So, we asked why there is no additional information available on this plan.

He says it's because a plan has not been introduced to the council, yet.

"So, you know, the feasibility study for this is not done yet," Mayor Pope says. "The planning is far from done, there is not a location established. There are a number, I think, real serious questions."

Sources tell KCBD that one of the locations the minor league stadium could be, is on 19th Street near Crickets Avenue.

If passed, this wouldn't be the first minor league team in town. You may remember the Lubbock Crickets, who played at Dan Law Field from 1995 to 1998 before stadium availability created a problem.

"But, this cake is not baked, okay," Mayor Pope says. "It doesn't make sense right now to do this, for a lot of reasons. I shared that with the proponent back in June, when they came to talk to me about it."

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