County Judge Nelson Wolff faxed a letter to the Florida Marlins on Wednesday promising that Bexar will provide up to $200 million to help build a stadium ” if voters extend the hotel and rental-car taxes used to build the AT&T Center.
Wolff estimates the project will cost $300 million. According to Wolff’s plan, the Major League Baseball franchise would have to agree to a memorandum of understanding before an election is called.
The deadline for putting the issue on the November ballot is early August, Wolff told the Marlins.
“It’s in their corner now,” Wolff said.
A Marlins spokesman said the team received the letter, addressed to team president David Samson, but had no comment.
Wolff’s advisory comes two days after billionaire B.J. “Red” McCombs said he would give “serious consideration” to becoming a minority investor in the Marlins if his involvement would result in the team relocating to South Texas.
If the city of San Antonio is successful in attracting the Marlins, surely this rings the death knell for Wolf Stadium (no relation), home of the Texas League’s Missions.
(photograph by Marc Perlman)
On the other hand, maybe some of the Wolf’s signature motifs can be moved to the new facility?