That’s the question we should be asking candidates this election cycle.
In the next four years, City Council will probably decide whether or not to sponsor a soccer stadium for MountainStar Sports Group’s USL soccer team, the Locomotives.
Remember the ballpark? Do you want to find out about the soccer stadium when it shows up on a Thursday agenda, for City Council to vote on the next Tuesday?
Do you think campaign contributions come with no strings attached?
You think that dark money campaign supporting El Paso’s “leaders” was all payback for deeds already done?
Nuh uh. The oligarchs don’t work that way. If you’re against them, they”ll hold a grudge, but if you’re on their side, they’re all “What have you done for me lately?”
Or, in this case, “What can you do for me?”
That’s why they’re putting all those candidates in their pockets. For the soccer stadium.
Do you think that the Locomotives will play at the baseball park forever? Do you think MountainStar will spring for their own facility?
Not in a million years. They’re all about soaking the taxpayers.
Hey, they deserve it. They’re philanthropists.
That soccer stadium, I predict, is slated to be on the deck over the freeway, in the shadow of WestStar Tower at Hunt Plaza.
From KFOX.com, back in 2016:
[MountainStar Sports Group CEO Josh Hunt] said it’s still in the preliminary planning phases, but the group wants to build the stadium downtown.
“We could continue with the downtown revitalization efforts, but that doesn’t mean that it for sure has to be downtown. But that’s clearly our preference,” Hunt said.
There’s even talks of building the structure above Interstate 10. It’s called “capping the freeway.”
“Just from a transformational civic standpoint. I think it would be great if our city would look at capping our freeway and creating some great civic space, park space and other uses potentially,” Hunt said.
The ballpark has cost the citizens of El Paso hundreds of millions of dollars. To build. On operations and maintenance. To replace City Hall with a scattering of buildings in downtown El Paso.
What could the City have done with that money instead of building a ballpark?
The ballpark is an expensive toy gifted to some of El Paso’s richest citizens by City Council, paid for from the pockets of taxpayers in one of the poorest cities in the U.S.
They did it once, and they’d like to do it again.
Don’t stop thinking about the soccer stadium. MountainStar hasn’t, and MountainStar won’t.