RENO, Nev. (AP) - Developers broke ground in downtown Reno today
for a minor league baseball stadium scheduled to open in April 2009
as the home of a Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
More than 300 people turned out for the ceremony just east of the downtown casino district on the north side of the Truckee River.
The stadium will seat 65-hundred people and provide lawn seating for an additional 35-hundred.
The 50 million-dollar project will require the demolition of the downtown fire station, which is being replaced with two temporary stations.
The historic Freight House building is being incorporated into the stadium, which will seat 6,500 people and provide lawn seating for another 3,500.
An artist rendering of the project shows the block to the west of the site at Second and Evans streets will be redeveloped as an entertainment zone, including an outdoor plaza and a series of shops and restaurants.
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