Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Baca Recruits Help in Pitching Stadium.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer

Economic Forum Fields Suggestions

Mayor Jim Baca took his plan for a new Downtown ballpark to business leaders Wednesday, and he may have found some new teammates in his effort to bring back Triple-A baseball.

But Baca's plan still faces several hurdles including a skeptical City Council wary of a new park's cost and a development agreement that calls for housing at the proposed ballpark site.

Nevertheless, Baca told the Economic Forum a group of local chief executives that a $30 million ballpark on Third Street would be worth the expense. The audience of about 50 seemed receptive.

"These are the people who know where economic value lies, because they deal with it every day," Baca said after the meeting. …

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