Kino worth the drive for true baseball fansby Pima County News on Aug. 16, 2011, under Kino Sports Complex, Pima County, Southern Arizona
Thanks to Joseph Ryan and The Explorer for this letter to the editor in the Aug. 10 issue:
Kino worth the drive for true baseball fans
I am tired of hearing people in Tucson who call themselves baseball fans complain about how hard it is to get to Kino Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.
When Tucson was presented the opportunity to host spring training games, the City of Tucson Council hemmed and hawed about if and where to build a stadium. In the meantime, the Pima County Board of Supervisors made a decision and built a beautiful facility. Kino is on East Ajo Way, about two miles south of Hi Corbett Field. It is approximately five miles down Interstate 10 from the Congress Street exit, where many wanted a downtown stadium built.
Kino is accessible from Interstate 10, east or west. From the east side get on Golf Links to Alvernon. From midtown, just drive south on Alvernon a couple miles past Hi Corbett, and you are there. It is no harder to get to than any other place in Tucson, and easier than some.
Hi Corbett Field has been a wonderful venue. It holds great memories from when I was young; however, there is a reason that old ball parks are replaced with new facilities.
The Padres have given us a chance to bring baseball back to the Old Pueblo. They are playing at Kino. If our “fans” can’t be bothered driving a couple extra miles to support them, then why should they go the extra mile to stay in Tucson?
It is time to stop making excuses. Buy a ticket and come to a game. You may find a reason to come back.
Joseph Ryan, Northwest Tucson