The sale of Toyota Field took a huge leap forward on Tuesday afternoon, as Bexar County gave approval. The motion of the business terms of the sale were discussed at the County Commissioners’ Court, and the motion carried unanimously.
The owner of the Scorpions, and Toyota Field, Gordon Hartman, made an appearance at County Court to speak his case. Hartman was passionate and spoke about the good the sale could do for the county.
The talk of good for the county was not at all about the usual things when stadium purchases by cities are talked about. Usually all the talk is about some sort of economic growth that never actually comes, but that was not the focus of these discussions.
What benefit there was for the county that was mentioned was the support this will give to Morgan’s Wonderland. All the money from the sale of Toyota Field will go directly in to Morgan’s Wonderland, fulfilling Hartman’s wish that the soccer club could support the park.
For those unfamiliar, Morgan’s Wonderland is a theme park specifically catering for those with special needs. That has always been where any profit from theSan Antonio Scorpions went, and with all the money from this sale going to the park, Bexar County is uniquely placed to support the American special needs community.
The money from the sale seems to have been already spent as Morgan’s Wonderland has announced a multi-million dollar renovation. That renovation will include a water-park which will be the first of its kind, catering for special needs individuals.
An important element that has come out is that the South Texas Area Regional Soccer Complex will also be part of the sale, and managed by Spurs Sports & Entertainment. That will include some renovations, which was confirmed by sources close to the deal.
The next stage of the process takes place on Thursday when the City of San Antonio votes on the proposal to pursue the purchase. Should that pass, which it is expected to, the announcements should then flow in from Hartman and SSE.