News 2-25-08 Baseball, Hyatt and More
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Posted by: Erik Flippo - 2/26/2008 8:31:21 PM
My favorite part of the groundbreaking actually happened after the ceremony when Mayor Bob climbed into the big ol' Caterpillar excavator and whaled on the Kings Inn -- sorry, the River Apartments. It seemed a cathartic moment, a chance for Hizzoner to vent some frustration over the sometimes glacial pace of downtown redevelopment. I posted a couple of pictures at Reno Ballpark Update (click the Blog link).
Posted by: Anakin-Marc - 2/26/2008 11:51:02 PM
LoL I'm sure if the Kings Inn ever goes while Cashell is mayor, he'll be the one to either swing the first blow of the wrecking ball, or be the one to push the button to implode it. :-D
Posted by: Wiley_n_Reno - 2/27/2008 9:28:58 AM
I fielded some of the usual " so why are they building a baseball park" whines in the RGJ comments sections. Some people love to be negative around here. Many thought because the semi-pro and anonymous Reno Astros don't draw much over at ancient Moana stadium then this team won't succeed either. Plus I think in 30,000 years when future archaeologists are digging in Reno they will find a perfectly intact Kings Inn buried 3 feel down. Place wont die!
Posted by: El Diablo - 2/28/2008 12:03:06 PM
Some of you may remember that there used to be an old movie theater at the corner of Sierra and 1st Street. Then it was torn down and it was announced that a new movie theater was going to be put in there.
And holy crap, people freaked out. They said, "why are they putting a movie theater downtown in the exact same spot the old movie theater failed." And now, it is the most successful movie theater in the whole city. More people walk through the doors of that movie theater than any other in Reno or Sparks.
The baseball stadium is somewhat comparable. There is a possiblity it could fail but probably more likley that it will succeed. A new stadium a higher class team (and hopefully the ticket price is right)could be a really nice family venue.