RENO, NV - "Orlando Cepeda and his family were in my seats and I calmly asked him to move forward and get out of my area," says Leland Hernandez.
Hernandez recalls memories from his time as part owner of the Reno Silver Sox when they played at Moana Stadium in the 1980's. Times sure have changed since then. Minor league baseball's been gone for years and the park is closed. The seats that he used to sit in are now being auctioned off.
This park may have seen better days, but Hernandez says there's still some hidden gems here."
"It may look delapidated to you, but I still see the brand new seats. I still see the brand new seats, because that's the memory you want to hold."
Those seats are some of the 25-plus items that can be bid in the Moana Stadium auction. Interested bidders have the chance to inspect the park through Thursday.
"We've had interest from a lot of high schools, a couple of other cities who have minor league ballparks who are either interested in the lights or the bleachers and then some of our local athletic leagues," says Reno Parks Manager Jeff Mann.
Bids can be made to the city of Reno until April 19th. Once the sales are complete and the property is moved out in May, officials can move forward with the next phase of their plan.
"What you're seeing now is the process to get to the next level. The salvage was part of it, getting a concept plan approved is part of it. The next step is getting the user groups to work with the city council members," says Director of Reno Parks, Rec. and City Service Julee Conway.
From there, a new youth soccer field is expected to break ground. Hernandez understands the change, but he's still sad to see the past go.
"It's a shame, but hey, life goes on," says Hernandez.