County may let White Sox out of lease to let youths use TEPby Citizen Staff Report on Sep. 13, 2008, under Sports
Pima County is reviewing economic data for a proposed Major League Baseball youth tournament facility that could allow the Chicago White Sox to break their lease, which runs through 2012 at Tucson Electric Park, and move to Glendale.
Tom Tracy, Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority chairman, said public details from the $30,000 economic study are not yet available but he was cautiously optimistic about the facility.
“Our mission has always been to address both the issues of retaining and expanding spring training as well as developing our community as a competitive destination for youth and amateur sports,” Tracy said in a news release.
The youth facility could be leveraged to attract more tournaments as well as being a resource for local youth, he said.
But letting the White Sox leave could allow the Rockies or Diamondbacks to get out of their contracts at Hi Corbett Field and TEP, respectively, if fewer than three teams train in the area.