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Idea Of Round Rock Pro Team, Fair or Foul?
It is no secret Round Rock is growing fast, and city officials want to keep it that way. City Manager Steve Norwood said the idea to bring a Major League Baseball franchise to Round Rock is one way to expand the growth even further.
"It's something out there that we are dreaming about,” Norwood said. "Nobody thought we'd get Dell World Headquarters, nobody thought we'd get Ikea, nobody thought we'd get minor league baseball, so I wouldn't bet against Round Rock."
The Austin area is one of the largest in the country without a professional sports team.
Norwood said the idea of a professional baseball team in Round Rock is in the early stages, but said the idea is not out in left field.
"Where do we see Round Rock in 10 years, 5 to 10 years?” Norwood said. “I think it's feasible, and it would further the brand of ‘Sports Capital of Texas.’"
Norwood said location, cost, and funding are several of the pieces the city will have to consider.
"At this point we don't have a clue as to how something would be financed like that,” Norwood said, “but Round Rock residents, and businesses would benefit greatly and it would generate additional business to Round Rock."
Round Rock resident, Maryann Norwood said she would enjoy having a professional team accessible in the area, and would not mind if her tax money was used to create a franchise as long as the city was responsible about it.
“Nobody wants their taxes to go up, but I think long term if it would benefit the community and raise property value and bring business here it would balance out,” Maryann said.
Steve Norwood said the idea is still in the early stages, but hopes it will gain some momentum for future growth.
"I haven't connected the dots by any stretch of the imagination, but again this is a visioning process and it's not far-fetched,” Norwood said.
By Cassie Gallo