Generals see long future in Victoria


Oct. 15, 2011 at 5:15 a.m.

The Victoria Generals are entering the final year of their contract to play at Riverside Stadium, but they have no plans to leave.

Generals' general manager Blake Koch said the team is pleased with its present situation and expects to play at the stadium for years to come.

Koch said the original four-year contract was a way for Generals owner Tracy Young to gauge how the team would fare when it was formed and joined the Texas Collegiate League in 2009.

"It's a formality more than anything," Koch said. "For Tracy, starting the team from scratch, it was more to protect him than anything. The way things have gone, we have intentions of being here a really long time."

Koch said the Generals have considered speaking with officials from the City of Victoria about a new contract to play at the stadium, but won't do so until plans for concession sales are completed.

The city is scheduled to take control of the concession stand at Riverside Stadium from Friends of Victoria Baseball on Monday. The current plan is to let each tenant at the stadium handle its own concession sales.

The Generals hold the beer license at Riverside Stadium, and also sold chicken wings on the stadium's party deck.

The remainder of the concession sales were handled by Friends of Victoria Baseball.

"It's something in the back of our minds to do a new one," Koch said. "There's no reason to extend it until we figure out the results of what the concessions sales will be.

"Right now, the field rental is one fee and the concessions rental will be another fee. Maybe in the future it will all be together."

Koch is leaving Sunday for the summer ball conference in Nashville.

Koch said he will meet with officials from other Texas Collegiate League teams and learn more about what to expect for the upcoming season.

Koch said he is "99 percent sure" Generals head coach Ryan Wagner and assistant coach Shorty Cook will be back next season.

Koch also has received commitments from some players to return to the team.

"I've re-contacted all the guys," Koch said. "A large portion are interested in coming back. We definitely have some verbal agreements. I don't like to release anything until we have written agreements."

The Generals won the league's regular-season championship in 2009 and the overall league title in 2010 before missing the playoffs last season.



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