The Pacific Coast League Tucson Sidewinders won the PCL championship a year ago, but now the team has been sold, and appears to be headed to Reno, NV after the 2008 season.
Jay Zucker, the owner of the Sidewinders, made the announcement of the sale yesterday at Tucson Electric Park.
“We bought the Sidewinders with the intention to increase the quality of life in Tucson, and I think we succeeded,” Zucker said. “We had our fair share of financial struggles, and unfortunately, the time came for us to sell.”
As reported by the Arizona Daily Star:
Under the proposed deal, Zucker and two minority owners will be paid $13.5 million for the team by SK Baseball LLC. The group, headed by Jerry and Stuart Katzoff and joined by shopping mall mogul Herb Simon, has a deal in the works to move a team to Reno.
As further reported:
The proposed Reno stadium will have 6,500 fixed seats and a total capacity of 10,000, counting skyboxes, party units, club seats and lawn seating, according to a pre-development and finance agreement issued in May among Washoe County, Nev., SK Baseball and Nevada Land.
The pre-development agreement states that Washoe County would use rental-car taxes and revenue bonds to pay for the stadium. The county has been collecting a 2 percent tax since adopting the tax on Jan. 13, 2004. Since then, owners and developers have tried to lure a baseball team to Reno.
The agreement would dedicate the balance of the state's Baseball Fund — $3 million — toward the project by July 1. The agreement also would commit all future rental-car revenues each year, expected to be about $1.36 million annually.
The county selected HOK Architects of Kansas City, Mo., to prepare a preliminary design for the ballpark. The stadium is expected to be completed by March 2009, according to a May 15 Washoe County report.