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Council Approves 1 of 2 Agreements with Mountain Star; Will Improve Westside Sports Complex

On Tuesday, city officials announced two fields at the Westside Sports Complex will receive significant upgrades funded by the private sector, under one of two agreements approved by City Council.

Council approved the agreement for improvements to the Westside Sports Complex. Council will vote on the agreement for upgrades to Southwest University Park at a public hearing scheduled for October 16.

“We welcome these tremendous and unique opportunities to invest in our Ballpark and elevate the conditions of two fields at the Westside Soccer Complex without burdening our taxpayers,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “While these facilities will serve a dual purpose for a temporary period, the improvements resulting from these agreements will be enjoyed by our community for years to come.”

The agreement allows MSSG to use two fields at the Westside Sports Complex, at 201 Isela Rubalcava Boulevard, as a temporary training and practice site for El Paso’s new professional soccer team in exchange for approximately $500,000 in upgrades to bring two of the complex’s fields up to USL requirements.

Photo courtesy USL

As for the second agreement, if approved, MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG) will invest more than $3.5 million into Southwest University Park to allow the Ballpark to host home games for the inaugural season of El Paso’s new United Soccer League (USL) team. This is in addition to more than $15 million already invested in the Ballpark by MSSG.

Both agreements would be active until the USL team’s permanent soccer specific stadium and training and practice fields are built. USL is the highest level of professional soccer in the U.S. next to Major League Soccer (MLS).

The terms for the Ballpark were in the form of an amendment to the existing lease. The agreement for the Westside Sports Complex grants the USL team preferential access to two out of the 13 flat fields at the complex and to an adjacent parking area, which is currently restricted to Parks and Recreation Department employees.

The improvements will be completed in time for the team’s inaugural training camp starting in January 2019.

The City of El Paso will continue to offer organized sporting events on all 13 fields. The two flat fields used by the USL team will be available for youth sports programming and local tournaments when not in use by the professional club or undergoing maintenance or recovery.

Alan Ledford, president of MSSG and El Paso USL, said, “These improvements to Southwest University Park and the two fields at the Westside Soccer Complex allow us to meet the standards set by the governing body of US Soccer and United Soccer League in order to have a USL professional soccer team in our community.  The long-term benefits for the local youth soccer community and the economic competitiveness of our region will be significant.”

City, Mountain Star Reach Agreement to Improve Westside Sports Complex, Southwest University Park

On Friday afternoon, city officials announced they had reached an agreement with MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG) to invest more than $2.5 million into the City-owned Southwest University Park and two fields at the Westside Sports Complex under two separate agreements to be considered by El Paso City Council.

The agreements will be reviewed at a public hearing on October 2, 2018.

“These proposed agreements are a great example of the public benefit of creative alliances,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “With the help of MountainStar Sports Group, we can make significant improvements to two city-owned facilities without asking taxpayers to cover the costs, and the investments support the City’s vision of providing our community with exceptional recreational opportunities.”

Under one proposal, MSSG will invest approximately $2 million into Southwest University Park to allow the City-owned Ballpark to host home games for the inaugural season of El Paso’s new United Soccer League (USL) team. This is in addition to more than $15 million already invested in the City-owned Ballpark by MSSG.

The second proposed agreement allows MSSG to use the Westside Sports Complex, located at 201 Isela Rubalcava Boulevard, as a temporary practice site for El Paso’s new professional soccer team.  MSSG will invest more than $500,000 to upgrade and renovate two of the complex’s fields to meet USL requirements.  MSSG will also maintain these fields to ensure professional field standards are continued.

If approved by Council, both agreements would be in place until the USL team’s permanent soccer-specific stadium and training and practice fields are built. USL is the highest level of professional soccer in the U.S. next to Major League Soccer (MLS).

“We are excited to expose the youth soccer community to professional training operations, as well as El Paso USL team coaches and players, at the Westside Sports Complex.  We look forward to working with the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department,” said Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group.  “Our investment in the practice facility will result in a long-term benefit for youth soccer programming.”

The proposed terms for the ballpark are in the form of an amendment to the existing lease for the venue.

The proposal for the Westside Sports Complex grants the USL team preferential access to two out of the 13 fields at the complex and to an adjacent parking area, which is currently restricted to Parks and Recreation Department employees.

The improvements would be completed in time for the team’s inaugural training camp starting in January 2019.

Under the proposal, the two fields could be available for youth soccer programming when not in use by the professional club or undergoing maintenance and recovery.  Events could include championship games for local youth soccer leagues and tournaments, as well as coach and player clinics conducted by the USL Club.

“The addition of high-quality soccer facilities at the Westside Sports Complex will have such a positive impact not only for local, but regional, soccer. Having opportunities to watch the professional team practice, attend coach development clinics, and host special events, such as championship tournament games, will be wonderful for the youth soccer community,” said Teresa Sosa, Director of Cobras Soccer Events.

“El Paso USL’s training fields at the Westside Soccer Complex will benefit many groups, including UTEP Soccer.  We could potentially play a spring game there or host other events such as clinics,” said Kevin Cross, Head Coach of UTEP’s Women’s Soccer Team.  “What a thrill for our youth soccer leagues of El Paso to get to watch the professionals train.”

“Our organization looks forward to playing adjacent to El Paso USL at the Westside Sports Complex.  Our growing soccer community will surely benefit from the planned additions and improvements to the fields,” FC Dallas-West Soccer Club Director Miguel Murillo commented.  “Plus, the kids will get to see their sports heroes hard at work, which is definitely an inspiration.”

Chihuahuas, Whataburger Team Up to Host Food Drive at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger are teaming up to host the fourth annual food drive at Southwest University Park.

The drive will take place Thursday, May 17th through Sunday, May 20th when the Chihuahuas host the Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros affiliate) and will benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

Whataburger will give Chihuahuas fans who donate three (3) or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum monetary contribution of $1, one (1) coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last. Every $1 donation produces up to 10 meals.

“Whataburger has been an incredible community partner through this initiative and we hope this year is the biggest yet,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.

“Whataburger is proud to partner with the El Paso Chihuahuas again on such an important cause,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “We can think of no better way to say thank you to our supportive community than to invest in our neighbors. Last year alone, the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank provided more than 24,000 meals through this effort, and we hope our city will work together with us to continue fighting hunger in big ways.”

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park. Fans are asked to donate canned vegetables and fruits, soups, high protein items such as tuna and peanut butter, boxed pastas and cereals, and staples such as packaged rice and beans. Fans may also make monetary donations.

In addition to the food drive, the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack presented by Helen of Troy will be volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank headquarters on Saturday, May 19th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Pack, alongside Whataburger representatives, will be assisting with sorting food, cleaning, office work, and other duties as needed at the warehouse. Anyone interested in joining the Helen of Troy Volunteer Pack can register here: bit.ly/All-Paws-In.

“We are very grateful to the Chihuahuas, Whataburger, and the fans attending the games May 17-May 20.  Every dollar donated, and every can of food brought in helps us to further our mission of feeding the 91,000 individuals in our community who are food insecure,” said Susan Goodell, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank’s Chief Executive Officer.

Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  Gates: 5:30 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:35p.m.

Whataburger Food Drive

Thrifty Thursday presented by KFOX, Univision, TriColor, KLAQ

Thank You Thursday presented by Prudential

Military, First Responders, & Government Officials receive 25% ticket savings at GovX.com

Pepsi Family Four Pack presented by Lowe’s

Happy Birthday El Paso Celebration!

 

Friday, May 18, 2018  |  Gates: 5:30 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:35p.m.

Es Divertido Ser Un Fan

Whataburger Food Drive

Flat Screen Friday

Fetch the Fun Friday presented by KTSM and HOT 93.5

Bimbo Bakeries Sara Lee Artesano Golden Wheat Bread Giveaway Upon Exit While Supplies Last

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  Gates: 6 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 7:05 p.m.

Whataburger Food Drive

Fireworks Spectacular presented by KVIA and KISS FM

One Hit Wonders Night

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018  |  Gates: 5 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:05p.m.

First Responders Home Run Derby

Whataburger Food Drive

First Responders Night

Estrella Jalisco Experience in the Budweiser Bullpen Patio

Kids Day Sunday presented by KCOS, Telemundo, Sunny 99.9

 

Story in Many Pics: Chihuahuas Unveil New Menu Items for 2018

With only a couple of weeks to go before the first pitch of the 2018 season, the El Paso Chihuahuas introduced their new menu line up.

Taking a distinctive cue from Borderland favorites, the Chihuahuas are offering several different versions of hot dogs, as well as tortas and even quesadillas.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there, tasting and shooting it all and he brings you his view of the new menu via this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

A look at the Mexican Pizza at the El Paso Chihuahua’s Taste of the Ballpark New menu for the 2018 season. Southwest University Park, El Paso, Texas, March 13, 2018 | Andres Acosta/ El Paso Herald-Post

Chihuahuas Extend Protective Netting at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas announced Friday that the protective netting at Southwest University Park has been extended in advance of the upcoming 2018 season.

“The safety and comfort of our guests at Southwest University Park has always been our primary objective,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford. “While we have always met and exceeded the recommended parameters provided by Major League Baseball, we constantly follow developments in our industry and determined the time is right to provide additional coverage from protective netting.”

The new protective netting will now extend to the end of both dugouts. With this additional coverage the netting will span between sections 106 and 119.

“One of the improvements we felt was important for 2018 was to extend the backstop netting for increased guest safety,” said Brad Taylor, vice president and Chihuahuas general manager.

The new state-of-the-art material is #12 knotted Dyneema netting and allows for a great fan experience while simultaneously improving guest safety. Minor and major league ballparks around the country are extending their netting to improve fan safety.

“Technology has also evolved and we believe the solution we’re implementing properly balances fan safety without negatively impacting the guest experience,” Ledford said.

The Chihuahuas 2018 Fifth Season Celebration kicks off with the San Diego Padres vs Chihuahuas exhibition game on March 26th with the regular season slated to begin on Thursday, April 5th in Las Vegas. The Chihuahuas home opener will be on Tuesday, April 10th.

VIDEO+Story: Walk Off Win – Chihuahuas Rally to Down Las Vegas 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday before coming back to beat the Las Vegas 51s 4-3 at Southwest University Park.

Ryan Schimpf led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit home run, El Paso’s first pinch-hit homer since July 14 at Reno (Diego Goris). Later in the bottom of the ninth, down by a run, Goris raced home from second base on an error by Las Vegas second baseman Gavin Cecchini to tie the game on a play at the plate.

Chase d’Arnaud’s walk loaded the bases for Franchy Cordero, who grounded a single into center field to win the game.

It was El Paso’s second walk off win of the season, with both coming on bases loaded singles by Cordero.

Jordan Lyles allowed two runs in three innings in his second game in the Padres organization. The 51s did not have any baserunners in the final three innings of the game against Chihuahuas relievers Zach Lee and Kevin Quackenbush.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Mitch Atkins (3-6, 7.13) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (6-7, 4.74). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: Las Vegas (45-75), El Paso (58-62)

El Paso 4 Las Vegas 3 – Saturday

WP: Quackenbush (3-1)

LP: Callahan (1-1)

S: None

Time: 2:53

Attn: 9,031

Two Millionth Fan Expected to Attend Tonight’s Chihuahuas Game

The Chihuahuas will welcome their 2 millionth fan tonight, needing just 5,784 guests to walk through the gates at Southwest University Park to reach the milestone.

The Chihuahuas have drawn 1,994,216 guests at the ballpark through 249 regular season home games, excluding the four games played in Tucson, Ariz. in 2014. During the 2017 campaign, 302,056 guests have attended Chihuahuas games, averaging 7,745 per game.

“How incredible it is to be three-and-a-half seasons into this amazing ballpark and welcome our 2 millionth fan?” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “This says volumes about the love and acceptance that El Paso and the surrounding communities have given us.”

When the 2 millionth fan enters the gates tonight, the lucky guest is slated to receive the following:

·       Family four  (4) pack to a future 2017 game

·       A pair of general admission tickets to the Way Out West Fest on October 14th

·       WestStar Bank Club passes tonight

·       Team autographed ball

·       First pitch

·       An inning with Tim Hagerty on the air

·       Chico seat visit

·       2017 Souvenir Gift Bag

The Chihuahuas welcomed their 1 millionth fan – Severo Barreras – on August 1, 2015.

A breakdown of the Chihuahuas annual regular season attendance follows:

2014 – 548, 937; 67 Games*

2015 – 578, 952; 71 Games

2106 – 564, 259; 72 Games

2017 – 302, 056; 39 Games

*Does not include four (4) games played in Tucson, Ariz.

The team faces Sacramento through tonight. The Chihuahuas welcome the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) in a four-game series beginning on Friday that includes the GECU Independence Day Celebration from July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The festivities include three days of Fireworks Spectacular!, a jersey auction and all the pageantry that comes with the Independence Day celebration.

Advanced purchase is encouraged and gives fans a savings versus walk-up prices. The Chihuahuas are offering special rates in Zone E, K, L and Standing Room Only for military members past and present with ID on July 2nd and 3rd.

Fans can buy tickets at EPChihuahuas.com or in person at the Durango or Santa Fe Box Offices (opens at 2 p.m. on gamedays only). The Durango Box Office is open MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

‘I Love the 90’s Tour’ Set for Southwest University Park October 28th

Southwest University Park is set to host the biggest Dance Party in El Paso this fall and everyone is invited.

The I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR is set to perform at Southwest University Park on Saturday, October 28th and will feature some of the most iconic names in Rap, Hip Hop and R&B giving audiences an opportunity to rediscover the music that influenced and defined a generation and contributed to making the ‘90s a decade to remember.

After a very successful 2016 with over 110 shows across North America, the I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR will continue its momentum in 2017 with 40+ new stops in the United States and it’s first-ever stop in El Paso, Texas this fall.  The top-selling tour, which originally announced only 29 dates in 2016, quickly became the year’s most sought-after show, eventually racking up 110+ stops and selling out a number of arenas across the country.

This year promises fans the same unbelievable live experience, with a rotating lineup of the 90’s most popular acts.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as an, “arena-sized dance party,” and described by The Arizona Republic as, “a hit-filled trip down memory lane,” the I LOVE THE 90’s concert will be a nostalgia-filled night that includes a star studded line-up of six 90’s artists all performing on one ticket.

The El Paso I LOVE THE 90’s show will be headlined by Grammy award winning rap group Salt-N-Pepa who released several successful albums in the late 1980s and ’90s, including A Salt with a Deadly Pepa and Blacks’ Magic, which provided such hits as “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man”.

The all-female group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop and they were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music’s widespread acceptance in the early ’90s.

While songs like “Push It” and “Shake Your Thang” put the group on the top of the billboard charts during the late ’80s, Salt-N-Pepa defied expectations and became one of the few hip-hop artists to develop a long-term career.

Also performing in the El Paso show are lead singer and songwriter of Sugar Ray, Mark McGrath who can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified “14:59”), and countless sold out tours; C&C Music Factory best known for their five hit singles: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)“, “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm…“, “Just a Touch of Love“, and “Keep It Comin’”

All-male R&B Group All-4-One whose love ballots “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That” were the top songs at most high schools dances in the mid ‘90s; the German Eurodance Hip Hop group Snap!, who produced the 90’s dance anthems “The Power”, and “Rhythm Is A Dancer”; and last but not least, American Rapper, DJ and Producer, Biz Markie known for his beat-boxing and witty rhymes in such songs as “Just A Friend”.

Tickets will go on sale June 30th and are available at the Southwest University Park Box Office, online or by calling the ticket box office at 915.533.BASE.

A limited number of I Love the 90’s Tour VIP packages are available, including exclusive Salt-N-Pepa VIP meet & greet packages, for details please visit www.southwestuniversitypark.com.

Story in Many Pics: El Dorado Rallies to Beat Socorro 6-5

As has become a tradition, area high school baseball teams get a taste of the pros, as they’re able to play a game at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Thursday night, Socorro took on El Dorado and our very own Andres Acosta was there to capture all the action.

Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017
Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017
Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017
Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017

FC Juarez to Take On Club Leon at Southwest University Park

Professional soccer returns to Southwest University Park as Leg Up Entertainment presents an exhibition match between Club Leon of the first division Liga MX and FC Juarez of the Ascenso MX. The match will take place on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m.

“We’re proud to present world-class soccer to the Borderplex region in the beautiful setting at Southwest University Park,” said Alan Ledford, MountainStar Sports Group President. “Local soccer fans will get the opportunity to see regional favorites FC Juarez Bravos play Club Leon, one of the most popular teams in Liga MX.”

Season Seat Holders will have a pre-purchase opportunity beginning Thursday, May 12th and Paw-tial Plan Holders will be given the pre-sale opportunity on May 13th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.SouthwestUniversityPark.com or in person at the two Southwest University Park box office locations. The Durango box office is open MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Santa Fe box office is open MondaySaturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The advance ticket window inside the ballpark is open during all Chihuahuas home games.

FC Juarez (13-7-10), winners of the Apertura 2015 of the Ascenso MX league, are seeking a promotion to Liga MX, the premier soccer league in Mexico. The Bravos will play a home-and-home series on May 14 and 21 versus Club Necaxa for the chance to advance to the First Division.

Club Leon (9-5-3) out of Guanajuato, Mexico, currently ranks third in the Liga MX in the Clausura 2016. The team has won the Liga MX Primera Division title seven times, including as recently as Clausura 2014.

Club Leon’s fan base is an international one due in large part to their goalkeeper, William Yarbrough, a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. A member of the United States national team, Yarbrough received his first call-up in March of 2015.

Other notable Club Leon players include Luis Montes from Juarez, Mauro Boselli, Argentina national team member and Josè Juan Vàsquez, a member of the Mexican national team.

For more information, call (915) 533-BASE or visit SouthwestUniversitPark.com

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