If you build it they will come. Or, in this case, if you install them they will stay.
With lights scheduled to be installed and running at the Taos High baseball field by November, the last obstacle for the Blizzard to stay in Taos has been cleared.
On Tuesday (Aug. 20) Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn announced the Blizzard will be in Taos for at least another two years. Dunn signed a two-year extension with the town that same day, and added he’d like the team to become a permanent fixture in the community.
During its inaugural season in the Pecos League, the Blizzard played a majority of its games on the road while playing roughly one game a week on its “home” field in Taos.
Next season, the team will play a minimum of 30 games in Taos. Dunn expects better attendance since the games will start after most people get off work, not while they’re working.
With the team playing half of its schedule in Taos, the players will also live in town next year, not Las Vegas again. Accommodations for the visiting teams has been secured, but host families will more than likely be called upon to help out the Blizzard players.
The Santa Fe Brewery and THS Culinary Arts program will also return to the ballpark.
Currently, Dunn said the search is under way to find a new manager for the Blizzard. The Blizzard were originally operated by Jay Acton of the New York Sate League, but the league took over when Acton pulled out near the end of the season. The Pecos League will operate the Blizzard and all of the teams playing next season.
Spring training is tentatively scheduled to begin May 5 and the 70-plus game regular season will begin May 14.