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The future of Kino Stadium

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tonight may be the end of Padres games in Tucson, but it is not the end of Kino Stadium.

Pima County estimates it will pay $1.5 million just for losing baseball and the tourism dollars that go along with it.

Kino Stadium will, by no means be abandoned - in fact it may go from baseball to soccer stadium.

In order to do that, Pima County is laying the ground work to bring major league soccer preseason training to Tucson.  It will spend $280,000 to entice MLS teams to come.  That would include about 10 teams, plus another from Mexico during the winter tourist season.

The county estimates $4 million of economic impact in the first year.  Dozens of soccer leagues both young and adult have sprouted up in Pima County over the last few years.

Before soccer comes to Pima County, the Mexican Baseball Fiesta will be heading to Kino Stadium in early October. 

Pima County is still trying to bring amateur baseball to the region, but it recognizes for the time being, more people than ever have before are calling to book soccer fields.

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