The El Paso Chihuahuas moved one step closer to their inaugural season in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Wednesday, announcing the name of their new downtown El Paso home stadium.
At an afternoon naming ceremony, officials from the Triple-A Padres affiliate and Southwest University president Yolanda Arriola christened the Chihuahuas' home to be Southwest University Park. The naming rights are part of a 20-year contract with Southwest University.
"It's an exciting day when we get to reveal something as significant as the name of the most prominent new structure in El Paso. In less than two months, Southwest University Park will be an attraction for family fun and entertainment," said Alan Ledford, president of MountainStar Sports Group, the Chihuahuas' ownership group.
Southwest University, founded in 1999 and accredited in 2012, is dedicated to career and technical training, with special focus in medical administration and healthcare support.
"We at Southwest University are extremely excited to become a part of the Chihuahuas' baseball family," said Yolanda Arriola, Southwest University's president. "Through this partnership we will continue to bring pride, excitement, and opportunity to our students and the El Paso community."
Entrances to the stadium will feature Southwest University Park signage and a Southwest University Park logo atop the videoboard will be visible from inside and outside the stadium.
"Southwest University and the Arriola family are committed members of this community, and their enthusiasm for El Paso and this ballpark makes them an ideal partner," said Chihuahuas GM Brad Taylor. "They'll be a part of our team for years to come."