Reno Council Approves Talks to Land Baseball Team

The Reno City Council voted Wednesday to open negotiations with the Pacific Coast League's Tucson Sidewinders in an attempt to bring the Triple-A minor league baseball team to Reno.

SK Baseball LLC has an agreement to buy the Tucson Sidewinders, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the PCL and Major League Baseball must also approve the purchase.

The group previously had been pursuing bringing the franchise to a proposed stadium at a shopping mall and entertainment center being built in neighboring Sparks, the Legends at Sparks Marina.

But those talks broke off earlier this month and SK Baseball since has determined that Reno is a viable location for a stadium.

Specific sites in Reno have not yet been identified. Mark Lewis, the city's redevelopment administrator, said the group is scouting three or four locations for a 10,000-seat stadium that would require a minimum of 8 acres.

City Manager Charles McNeely said SK Baseball indicated it would prefer a downtown ballpark.

SK Baseball is owned by New York City father and son, Jerry and Stuart Katzoff, and Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon.

Stuart Katzoff said the decision hinges on acquiring a site soon and finding one that works best for attracting as many fans as possible.

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