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The Latest on the Future of the Reno Aces

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New faces on the Reno City Council have meant a new view on a funding deal to keep the Reno Aces here in town. Originally the council had agreed to help fund the stadium through a new tax. But the bad economy and struggling revenues now mean to keep that agreement, the city would have to dip into the general fund instead. New members aren't on-board with that idea.

Wednesday, the Pacific Coast League gave the Aces permission to leave Reno and go to another town if they can't find financial and community support.

 "It would be a travesty to see the Aces leave," said fan Reid Petersen Thursday. "We have made such a substantial investment in that stadium."

He's right about that. The city of Reno has pumped nearly half of the $58 million dollar construction cost into the project. Plus, it has fueled new businesses and jobs.

"If there weren't a team playing there we wouldn't have built our restaurant there," said David Silverman who owns Slice of the Peak across the street from the stadium. "If they leave we'd have to close it. The fans are our customers."

Mayor Bob Cashell has supported the project since the beginning. "This is a good corporation for this city and we need to find a way to make this work. If we don't it will be a black eye for this community."

The Mayor has scheduled a meeting between Aces owners and new council members hoping to find some common ground. They expect that will take at least a few more weeks to hammer out.

We did try to reach individual council members for comment but didn't hear back. I also talked to someone with the Pacific Coast League on the phone who told me they officially have "no comment." The Aces wouldn't discuss the issue yet either.

Written by Erin Breen

 

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