New Sports Complex Could be Coming to Laredo

The city is still in its first steps to build the new sports complex. They said in the end, building this complex would bring a profit to the city.
Laredo teams are known for their appearances in Pony League and Little League world tournaments.
Now the city wants to cash in, and host some of those tournaments right here in Laredo.
That's why City Manager Carlos Villarreal said they want to build a brand new sports complex.
"I think it's going to be very important. Normally when those kids come, we've had tournaments of 100 teams. Those people come with not only the kids, but come with their parents and grandparents. So they stay in our hotels. They spend money at our restaurants, they buy gasoline. It's an overall economic catalyst."
The city is still at the beginning of the process; so many details are not available.
Besides baseball fields, they still have to decide what, if any, additional fields they want to build.
The location is also still to be determined.
The money will be coming from the sports venue tax. But some of the money could be coming from the sale of the Laredo Civic Center. The city sold it to LISD last year.
The city council still has to discuss holding a special election for the public.
There, the people will vote on using the sports venue tax to be able to build the new sports complex.
Francisco Martinez Sr. said he tries to go to every Lemurs game during the season.
He wouldn't be against building another sports complex.
"It would be better because everyone is going to San Antonio, Houston, Dallas. And they can have more here in Laredo. It would be better business for Laredo."
As of now, city manager Carlos Villarreal said there are no plans to bring in any additional professional teams. He said this would not cause a tax increase.

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