Herb Simon moves team to Reno

September 25, 2008
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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.”
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  • 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.

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