Owner of Joplin "Blasters" baseball team says renovations at sta - KOAM TV 7

Owner of Joplin "Blasters" baseball team says renovations at stadium will continue despite developer leaving

The owner of Joplin's new baseball team, the Blasters, says renovations at Joe Becker Stadium will go on as planned despite a developer pulling out of the project.

The baseball team's owner says he and the stadium's re-developer, Michael Wray, mutually decided that it was best Wray no longer be involved in the project.  The team's owner, Shawn Suarez, says he's soliciting new developers and hopes to make a presentation to the city council soon.

Suarez says having Wray involved in the project didn't make sense.

"One example would be hard to give.  It's a business thing, so it's something...it's a business thing that didn't work out for both sides.  We are focused on revitalizing Joe Becker.  And that's where we're at," says Suarez.

"Specifically, I mean, it was just stuff that did not make sense, that didn't make sense for both parties, is what I'm saying.  There were leases and things like that that didn't make sense for both parties and that's why we decided to part ways mutually," says Suarez.

Suarez says he still wants the team to start playing at Joe Becker in May of 2015.  The former stadium developer had a budget of $4 million that was set forth by the city, and Suarez wants to keep that budget.
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