Global Spectrum, the firm managing the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, said Monday that it would be interested in helping the county, in an advisory role, to find a new team to replace the Coastal Bend Aviators.
"Our primary focus right now is to get the stadium in order and facilitate event obligations that the Aviators had," said Kelvin Moore, general manager of the fairgrounds.
An example of that was an old timers baseball game that took place Sunday at Fairgrounds Field. The event, part of Hispanic Heritage Month, included alumni of Robstown High School, including Houston Astros infielder Jesse Garcia who served as the grand marshal of a parade leading to the fairgrounds.
"They kind of caught us at the last minute and he had to put that together," Moore said.
In addition, high school baseball tournaments will also be held in the spring that Global Spectrum will now be asked to take charge of.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Ortiz, whose precinct includes the fairgrounds, said the county may need to renegotiate Global Spectrum's contract in the future since the original contract didn't include the extra duties of caretaking and managing the baseball stadium. Ortiz added the firm is an asset to the county.
"We'll rely heavily on their expertise to help us with any new ball team that comes on board," Ortiz said.
Moore said the final goal is to help the baseball field, and ultimately the fairgrounds, do well.
"We want (Fairgrounds Field) to be successful, because if the stadium is successful, then the fairgrounds can be successful," Moore said. "In the end, that's what we're all here for."