Herb Simon moves team to Reno

September 25, 2008
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
hsimonThe Tucson Sidewinders are getting a new name and address. The AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks next year will be the Reno Aces.

Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon is an equal partner in ownership of the team along with Stuart Katzoff and his father, Jerry, who owns a chain of East Coast Italian restaurants. The trio bought the team in 2006, and speculation has swirled about a move ever since. Despite speculation, Reno locals have remained skeptical the deal would get done in time for next season.

“We’re definitely coming in ’09,” Stuart Katzoff told about 300 cheering fans including Reno’s mayor as the team’s name and logo were unveiled at a downtown hotel-casino. Katzoff said the name was chosen to tie in Reno’s casino history and reflect the tradition of baseball.

“We spent a long time working on this name,” Katzoff told the Associated Press. “We wanted to find something that fit the region, something that was professional and really was a symbol of who we think the community of Reno is. We think we’ve nailed it perfectly.”

The team’s ownership group broke ground on a $50 million stadium in Reno in February. The project near Reno’s downtown casino district will seat 10,000, including 3,500 lawn seating. Simon, who also co-founded locally based shopping mall conglomerate Simon Property Group, is using his experience to help the team build a neighboring outdoor plaza which includes retail shops and restaurants.

Team officials called the project “first class,” and added that it “will change the face of downtown [Reno] forever.”
ADVERTISEMENT
  • sure would be nice for simon to make more investments in indianapolis's shop, restaurant, and entertainment scene.
  • There is no need to. We have a top rated AAA facility already, a brand new stadium and a nice facility for the Pacers. The only other thing he could probably do is investigate into a Soccer league of some sort. What else do you want downtown?
  • Yeah, that Circle Center Mall is kind of chintzy, not to mention the millions the Simons have poured into the outlying malls to make them better. Darn them for ignoring Indy.
  • You do wonder if ventures like this divert his attention from his efforts to rebuild and/or remake the Pacers. I hope he's able to keep his eye on the ball.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

ADVERTISEMENT