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Future of Aces Ballpark Still Up in the Air

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The Reno City Council did not make a final decision on the future of Aces Ballpark Wednesday night. 

Council members say they need more time to look over all the details.

"I think the best interests of everybody involved are to do what's right, not what's fast," says Councilwoman Neoma Jardon. "That's certainly the approach that the new council wants to take."

The new city council isn't sure they agree with the idea of paying the money the city originally promised to the ballpark. That's because a tax revenue earmarked for it didn't grow.

So now, $1 million each year would have to come from the general fund.

"The bottom line is, no one wants baseball to leave this community," says Dwight Dortch, also on Reno City Council. "It's been a great asset to our community. It's been fabulous for our downtown. It's just a great asset. We're trying to weigh all the options we have out there to try and make sure we can have something happen and keep them here."

Supporters of the ballpark say we need to stick with this commitment, while others told council members we can't keep bailing them out.

"We're reading all the emails, we're listening to the voicemails," says Jardon. "We are taking those conversations into negotiations."

Businesses near the ballpark are paying close attention. Men Wielding Fire says the team brings in a large customer base.

"People come out of town to go to the games," says Carissa Steelman, a manager at Men Wielding Fire. "So, we get that traffic, plus we get locals. It's just huge."

Customers inside say it would be disappointing to see the team leave.

"It is a lot of money, but it also brings in a lot of activity," says Patrick Crawford.  "It brings in a lot of business for the downtown corridor which is important."

Crawford understands both sides of the issue. He says it all comes down to prioritization.

"If there was a commitment to the Aces to pay them, and to keep them here, they should follow through with that commitment," he says. "If it needs to be changed, and we need to change a priority, then I think everybody should have a voice in that."

City council is on a break until January, and members suspect they will be looking closely at this deal late next month or in early February.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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