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No Minor League Baseball for 2020; MLB informs MiLB players will not be provided for season

Tuesday, officials with Major League Baseball (MLB) informed Minor League Baseball (MiLB) that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season; as a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.

MiLB originally announced the delay to the start of the 2020 season on March 12 and the postponement of games on April 16 due to COVID-19.

The Chihuahuas home opener was originally slated for Tuesday, April 14 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s affiliate).

“This year we will certainly miss the excitement, experience, and the sense of community that Chihuahuas baseball is well known for,” said MountainStar Sports Group and Chihuahuas President Alan Ledford.

“While baseball is not happening at Southwest University Park in 2020, we will continue to serve our community and engage with fans throughout the region through social media, community efforts, and the hard work of our mascot, Chico.”

“It is certainly disappointing to not have a 2020 season. As an organization, we will continue moving forward serving our community while planning for an amazing 2021 season,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.

“For now, we can stay connected through our various social media platforms and modern technology. Being apart makes us appreciate how great it will feel when we can all be together again. Let us continue to support those that work daily to keep us healthy, keep us fed and keep us safe.”

With the number one social media following in all of MiLB, and while the “stay-at-home” order has been in place, the Chihuahuas engaged fans via social media platforms including Opening Day at Home, the rebroadcast of the 2016 Opening Day home game, Chihuahuas Chatter presented by Budweiser Select, a variety show featuring Tim Hagerty and special guest appearances, and Turbo Trivia presented by Helen of Troy and hosted by Chihuahuas on-field emcee, Andy Imfeld.

Chico and members of the front office staff have also participated in numerous party parades around the region and partnered with area school districts to join online classrooms.

Ledford added, “While the tradition of Minor League Baseball will take a hiatus this spring and summer, rest assured that our organization will continue to serve our community and our schools, and create memories in new ways through social media, technology and other creative means. At the same time, we are already preparing for the return of Triple-A baseball to El Paso’s de facto town square, Southwest University Park, in 2021.  In the meantime, stay well and we thank you all for the amazing support we’ve received during this very challenging time.”

Account Executives for Season Seat Memberships and Group & Premium Sales are hard at work contacting Season Seat Members and group leaders regarding the status of their current packages.

For fans wanting information regarding Season Seats or Group and Fundraising tickets, they are asked to contact their Account Executive directly via email, phone or text (915) 533-BASE.

The Chihuahuas offices and the Southwest University Park Box Offices remain closed. For information regarding 2020 single-game ticket purchases, please email info@epchihuahuas.com or text (915) 533-BASE.

El Paso Locomotive FC will resume their 2020 season beginning July 11. A revised game schedule will be released shortly. For information and updates regarding the Locomotive, visit eplocomotivefc.com.

For Chihuahuas updates and information, visit the website: epchihuahaus.com or follow the team on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Chihuahuas, Locos, Southwest University Park announce partnership with Professional Sports Catering

The El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC and Southwest University Park announced today that Professional Sports Catering, LLC (PSC) will serve as the new food and beverage provider for Southwest University Park.

“The culinary experience has long been a critically important part of any ballpark visit and the source of many great memories for fans of all ages,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford.

“Our organization recognizes our responsibility in this area and is proud establish this new partnership with PSC to continue to provide guests with the highest quality food and beverage products and extraordinary service.”

PSC will manage gameday food and beverage including concessions, premium areas, the WestStar Club and suites. They will also manage food and beverage service for all non-gameday events at Southwest University Park.

“As we enter our seventh season for baseball at Southwest University Park and the second for soccer, we are pleased to welcome Professional Sports Catering to El Paso,” said Sr. Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. “The social and hospitable nature of our city calls for fun food and beverages to keep the guest experience the best it can be. PSC’s focus on analytics and research will create more options and increased service for our guests.”

“PSC was formed over 10 years ago to deliver a major-league food and beverage experience at the minor-league level,” said Chief Executive Officer and founder of PSC, Tom Dickson. “We are tremendously excited today to announce our partnership with the Chihuahuas and the Locomotive to provide their guests a first-class hospitality experience.  We know the bar has been set very high at Southwest University Park, and PSC is committed to reaching and exceeding all guest expectations at the ballpark this summer and for years to come.”

Founded in 2006 by Tom Dickson, owner of the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays Class A affiliate), PSC focuses exclusively on Minor League Baseball, and as a result, understands MiLB values: providing the best service with the highest quality food and beverage products.

In 2014, PSC partnered with world renowned restaurateur, Levy Restaurants, to combine the creativity of Minor League Baseball with world class innovation and premium services, establishing themselves as one of the best food and beverage concessionaires in the country.

Ledford added, “PSC is an industry leader with creative and progressive leadership that will help both the Chihuahuas and Locomotive continue to meet and exceed our fans’ expectations.”

Currently, PSC services 27 MiLB ballparks, four Spring Training facilities and two Independent League baseball organizations. Of the 27 MiLB teams it currently partners with, 10 are Triple-A teams, including Pacific Coast League members Fresno Grizzlies, Las Vegas Aviators, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Reno Aces and Salt Lake Bees.

Kickoff for El Paso Locomotive FC is March 14 versus Portland Timbers 2 at Southwest University Park. Individual game tickets, Season Seat Memberships Group Tickets and Premium Areas are currently on sale online, (915) 235-GOAL and at the Southwest University Park Box Office.

The Chihuahuas Opening Day is slated for Tuesday, April 14, 2020 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s affiliate) at Southwest University Park. Individual tickets are on sale online, at the Southwest University Park box offices or by calling (915) 533-BASE.

Southwest University Park to hold job fair for 2020 Gameday, Event Staff

Southwest University Park, home of the Chihuahuas and Locomotive, will host its 2020 job fair in a two-day event in mid-January.

The event starts on Tuesday, January 14th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. and concluding on Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the WestStar Club at Southwest University Park.

Southwest University Park hiring managers are looking for qualified, hardworking candidates with great guest service skills who are able to work baseball and soccer home games as well as other sporting and non-sporting events in a variety of different positions.

Candidates must be 18 years of age to apply, must be able to pass a background check, and must be able to work all home games and additional events as needed.

Interested candidates younger than 18 must send a resume or an email to the following Human Resources Jobs address: tripleaelpasojobs@gmail.com.

Southwest University Park is looking to fill the following positions for applicants 18 years or older:

  • Box Office Service and Cashiers
  • Cleaning Crew
  • Retail
  • Guest Services
  • Ushers
  • Ticket Takers
  • Cash Room Attendants
  • Parking Lot Attendants
  • Facilities and Grounds Crew
  • Security
  • Game Day Entertainment Staff
  • Bark Brigade and Social Square Staff
  • Kids Playground Attendants
  • 50/50 Raffle Sellers
  • Part-Time Day Shift Administrative
  • Cashiers
  • Cooks
  • Line Managers
  • Suite Services
  • Wait Staff
  • Bartenders
  • Stand Managers
  • Expeditors
  • Warehouse

Candidates should enter through the Clock Tower/VIP Entrance on the corner of Durango St. and Franklin Ave. Candidates are urged to bring a resume and dress to impress. A positive, friendly attitude is essential. No calls please.

Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to tripleaelpasojobs@gmail.com.

Chihuahuas, Whataburger Team Up to host food drive at Southwest University Park

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

The drive will take place Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd when the Chihuahuas host the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners affiliate). The drive 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 7 meals.

“We are proud to once again partner with Whataburger to assist in making this year’s food drive the best one yet,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “I hope that many Chihuahuas fans can help support this important initiative locally.”

“At Whataburger, it’s important for us to be involved in the local communities where we do business and help ensure everyone has something to eat,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “We hope all our fans in El Paso will help us as we fight to end hunger and join us as we team up with the Chihuahuas to take on the Tacoma Rainiers.”

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park.

Donations of 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 will be accepted. Fans may also make monetary donations.

Susan Goodell, Chief Executive Officer of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger states, “We are grateful to the El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger for hosting such a fun and easy way to help the 200,000 food insecure individuals in our community.  This is a win/win opportunity for everyone. Fans are treated to a great experience, as well as a delicious Whataburger; and those who do not have enough to eat, win by the generosity of fans who are willing to donate.”

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, June 1st 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.

Southwest University Park Becomes Sensory-Inclusive Venue

Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas and the El Paso Locomotive FC, has partnered with KultureCity to be a certified sensory inclusive venue during all baseball, soccer and special events beginning with the Chihuahuas eight-game homestand on Friday, May 3rd.

This new initiative will assist in accommodating all patrons who visit the ballpark that have sensory challenges.

All Chihuahuas and Locomotive full-time staff members, as well as gameday staff, are now certified and trained to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and are prepared to accommodate those who require assistance in an overload situation.

“We are proud to make Southwest University Park even more welcoming for everyone in our community by making it the region’s first certified sensory inclusive sports and entertainment venue,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.

As part of the certification process, sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will be available to all guests at Southwest University Park who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These bags can be checked-out at Guest Services located at Section 112.

Patrons who require a quiet and secure environment are asked to visit Guest Services for the designated location.

According to KultureCity, sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in large venues.

With its new certification, Southwest University Park is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event at the ballpark.

“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a baseball game or a soccer game, a true community binding experience, with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment,” said Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity.

“Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that MountainStar Sports Group and Southwest University Park is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.”

KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism.

Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 200 sensory inclusive venues in three countries; this includes special events such as: NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, and MLB All-Star Weekend.

For more information on KultureCity and sensory inclusion, visit their website.

The Chihuahuas return to the ballpark to face Salt Lake and Albuquerque in an eight-game homestand starting on Friday, May 3rd. The homestand features a fireworks spectacular on Saturday, May 4th and the first El Paso Margaritas game on Sunday, May 5th!

Tickets are available starting at $5.  Purchasers who buy in advance will enjoy savings ranging from $2.00 – $3.00 per ticket on reserved seating versus purchasing on the day of the game.

Tickets can be purchased at the Southwest University Park box offices, online or by calling (915) 533-BASE. The Durango & Santa Fe Box Offices will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 30 minutes postgame on gamedays.

Fred Loya High School Baseball Series Presented by Sarah Farms Underway for 2019

The Fred Loya High School Baseball Series presented by Sarah Farms got underway Monday night, as the first of seven games was played at Southwest University Park.

Monday night featured a battle between West El Paso and Northwest part of the city as the Coronado Thunderbirds took on the Canutillo Eagles.  The games continue today with a doubleheader.

The series, in its fifth season, gives local high school baseball athletes the chance to play on a Triple-A baseball field. The games not only give high school athletes the chance to have the big-league experience, but also serve as a fundraiser for each team with a portion of each Chihuahuas ticket sold going back to the participating school.

A complete list of rules as well as details on the Fred Loya High School Baseball Series presented by Sarah Farms can be found on the Chihuahuas website or at SouthwestUniversityPark.com.

Admission is free and open to the public. The baseball series concludes with a doubleheader on April 22nd.

For more information or to play a high school game at the ballpark, call or text Austin Weber at (915) 242-2027.

Fred Loya High School Baseball Series Presented by Sarah Farms Schedule

February 19 (DH)          Franklin vs. Eastlake                                 4 p.m.

Montwood vs. Bel Air                                7 p.m.

April 17 (DH)                  Ysleta vs. Horizon                                      4 p.m.

Andres vs. Chapin                                       7 p.m.

April 22 (DH)                  Fabens vs. San Elizario                             4 p.m.

Carlsbad vs. Faith Christian                     7 p.m.

First team listed is the visitor. Dates, teams and times are subject to change including the addition of baseball games.

Southwest University Park, Spectra FoodServices to Hold Job Fair for 2019 Gameday and Event Staff

Southwest University Park and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality will host their 2019 job fair in a two-day event in mid-January.

The job fair starts on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and concluding on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the WestStar Club at Southwest University Park.

Southwest University Park hiring managers are looking for “qualified, hardworking candidates with great guest service skills who are able to work baseball and soccer home games as well as other sporting and non-sporting events.”

The Chihuahuas are looking to fill the following positions for people 18 years or older:

  • Box Office Service and Cashiers
  • Cleaning Crew
  • Retail
  • Guest Services
  • Ushers
  • Ticket Takers
  • Cash Room Attendant
  • Parking Lot Attendants
  • Facilities and Grounds Crew
  • Security
  • Game Day Entertainment Staff
  • Bark Brigade and Social Square Staff
  • Kids Playground Attendants
  • Mesilla Valley Transportation 50/50 Raffle Sellers

Candidates should enter through the Clock Tower/VIP Entrance on the corner of Durango Street and Franklin Avenue

Candidates are urged to bring a resume and dress to impress. A positive, friendly attitude is essential. Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to tripleaelpasojobs@gmail.com.    Officials also ask for no calls regarding the jobs.

Spectra will be hiring various positions in the following ballpark areas:

  • City Hall Grill, Sun Kings Saloon and WestStar Club Bar Areas
  • Catering
  • Concessions – Cashiers, Runners, Prep Cooks, Stand Leads, Stand Managers
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant – Servers & Runners
  • Cashiers & Cash Room Attendant
  • Warehouse

The El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC, Leg Up Entertainment and Spectra are equal opportunity employers.  Candidates must be 18 years of age to apply, must be able to pass a background check and must be able to work all home games and additional events as needed.

Applicants that are younger than 18 are asked to send their resume or an email to the following Human Resources Jobs address: tripleaelpasojobs@gmail.com.

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.

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