Blaze owner talks about demise of new stadium

Blaze owner talks about demise of new stadium

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield Blaze owners Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway said Monday that their plans to build a new minor-league baseball stadium are dead.

Plans announced last fall had the stadium slated to open in time for the 2014 season. The opening was later delayed to 2015.

The ballpark was supposed to be part of a mixed-use development off Coffee Road near Rosedale Highway. The Bakersfield Commons project is intended to include retail, office buildings, open space and residential properties. The developers behind Bakersfield Commons said they are still moving forward with their project.

Voiland sat down Tuesday morning with Eyewitness News to discuss the stadium situation. He said they worked every angle but couldn't come up with the necessary funding.

Voiland also discussed the future of the Blaze franchise in Bakersfield and the state of the team's current home, Sam Lynn Ballpark, which was built in 1941.