Downtown Reno Walk - Construction Photos
9/7/09 - On my way cruising around downtown trying to find an open deli on Labor Day, I took some photos of the 4th Street Transit Center, rapidly coming together. Check it out below. Just click any thumbnail and it enlarges, or click the first thumbnail to see a quick slideshow of all the photos.
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Posted by: Wiley_n_Reno - 9/7/2009 2:43:46 PM
That's right!....the Aces said they will have the workers in place to start moving dirt for the Freight House district. That will be interesting! I went to 4 games, I bought about $75 in souvenirs.
Posted by: Travis - 9/7/2009 4:19:52 PM
Well said. SK Baseball built a nice stadium, I can't wait for them to continue developing the area.
Posted by: 1 Reno Aces Fan - 9/7/2009 7:48:01 PM
The Aces tore it up this year! We ended up above the 500 mark by 15 games! I saw on the news construction on the next phase will start September 15. You very nicely summed up why the town needs to support this team, without tearing anyone a new a-hole. It was a big gamble for the city council but I think it is paying off.
Posted by: Tricia Bart - 9/7/2009 8:42:23 PM
This wouldn't have worked if the stadium was anything less than what they built. I enjoyed all my Aces games, the employees were very friendly and this was one of the primary reasons I kept returning. A bad ballpark makes for a bad game. I will be back next year with my family.
Posted by: Mark D - 9/7/2009 11:26:04 PM
Building the baseball stadium and bringing in AAA baseball was definitely the #1 best news item for Reno this year, and probably the most positive city-related development in the 10 years since I've lived here! I made it to 15 or 16 home games (plus 1 Aces road game in Sacramento). Every game, win or lose, has been a great experience in this fantastic ballpark! The Aces management has done a first rate job in creating a fan friendly atmosphere that invites many return visits. (Just don't make a careless mistake of raising ticket or food prices for at least the next 2-3 years). Based on today's RGJ article, the Freight house entertainment district and potential for additional uses for the ballpark (concerts, boxing/UFC events, etc.) promise even more benefits to the community.
We drew a near sellout of over 8750 fans for today's "meaningless" finale (in terms of playoff potential), which still outdrew Tacoma's finale today by over 2000--and Tacoma was playing for the final playoff spot in the league! This ballpark will be a permanent fixture for the city, especially with the large amounts of Aces clothing and merchandise that was sold this year (who would buy that stuff and then never return to the ball park again?). By the time the winter comes to an end, the fans will be ready for more baseball, and we will begin the 2010 season will with a 7 game win streak and high hopes for making the playoffs. Fans have already become interested in following the careers of many Aces players--and will take note when they get called up to the big leagues.
While there have been mixed results on business around the ball park, in general I could not imagine how the city of Reno could have been better off without a AAA pro baseball team this year, or any year. Local charities also are likely to benefit significantly with the presence of the Aces through countless fundraising opportunities.
Go Aces!!! In the meantime, I plan on giving more support to the Bighorns basketball team this year.
Posted by: Watson - 9/8/2009 10:38:27 AM
Do you know if they plan to do anything with the stadium in the off season? Concerts? After reading those numbers I did not realize it strapped the city government as much as it did, but I still think it's worth it, and it's ok if we don't have another major downtown project for a while. Maybe now it's about the smaller businesses coming in and building up a nice infastructure of goods and services downtown. Go Aces!
Posted by: Trent - 9/8/2009 12:17:55 PM
I love the Reno Aces. As long as our city doesn't go into debt over this, I think it was a good thing to do. It gives a reason to come downtown for the day with my two boys.
Posted by: Dave Wilson - 9/8/2009 9:46:43 PM
I saw my first Aces game on Saturday and it is an amazing ball park, it's like a big league park on a smaller scale. I really hope this team succeeds.
Posted by: truthiness - 9/9/2009 8:47:18 AM
All this crowing about the success of the Aces and not a peep about what it's done to city government. It has bankrupted the redevelopment agency, for pete's sake. What kind of success is that?
Posted by: Perry - 9/9/2009 12:42:14 PM
truthiness I think the poster covered that at ad nauseum above laying out exactly what it means to the redevelopment agency. Did you not read? What some of the people above feel is it was still worth it, even if we can't build anymore large things for a while.
Posted by: Anakin-Marc - 9/9/2009 12:43:01 PM
Yeah, it did bankrupt the redevelopment agency. The same way Disneyland bankrupted Walt Disney when it first opened. Now look at it...
Posted by: bearcat57 - 9/26/2009 7:17:15 PM
Went to about 10 ball games. don't even live here. I had ongoing business in Reno, so I bought an 18 game package. Great stadium, great enthusiasm, a ten minute walk from my Hotel. And, much more enjoyable than going to a Giants game. About a half dozen Aces are now with the Diamondbacks, and I check the box scores to see how they're doing.