SAN ANTONIO – When the San Antonio Missions start playing Triple-A baseball in 2019, it's still unclear if Wolff Stadium will be the team's long-term home.
"What I worry about is that after they're here for a year and playing in a Double-A stadium, is when the ownership group comes back to the city and the county and says, 'Hey, look, if we don't get a Triple-A stadium, we are going to have to move,'" said Bexar County Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff.
The stadium was named for Wolff's father, County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Kevin Wolff said studies have been conducted regarding the location of a new stadium.
"Around Fox Tech High School has been a suggestion. The Institute of Texan Cultures, even north of the Alamodome. One was mentioned, very recently, close to the Pearl, across Broadway, where 21 acres was just rezoned. That was mentioned as a possibility. How real those are, really, remains to be seen," he said.
The owners of the Missions don't believe Wolff Stadium is their stadium of the future.
"Initially, the team will play in Wolff Stadium, which was built 24 years ago for a Double-A team. But, the Wolff is not the long-term answer for Triple-A baseball in San Antonio," Missions officials said in a statement. "There are a number of possible sites for a new ballpark, and we will be looking at all of them.
"We will also be seeking partners to create the best possible development plan around a new ballpark for maximum economic impact. That's what the mayor has asked us to do, and we absolutely embrace the idea. While we are working on the project, we won't have any additional comment either on possible sites or partners until a plan is further developed."
Wolff said there is another possibility.
"All we have to do is add 1,000 seats to the existing stadium, and then it qualifies for Triple-A under Major League rules," Wolff said.
He said the stadium was built with the intent of it being able to expand into a Major League stadium.
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