Tucson Toros court hearing continued until Oct. 7

Published: Sep. 26, 2011 at 8:58 PM MST|Updated: Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - The Tucson Toros asked a Pima County Superior Court judge Monday to order the City of Tucson to unlock Hi Corbett Field and let the team officials back inside to conduct business.

A hearing on the matter was continued until 9 a.m. Oct. 7.

The Toros played professional baseball at city-owned Hi Corbett in the Golden Baseball League in 2009 and 2010 but went on hiatus this season. The team's management, operating as Tucson Baseball LLC, also produces entertainment events.

The team has been locked out of Hi Corbett since the city terminated its lease June 24.

The Toros announced they would not play in the 2011 season after the Triple-A Tucson Padres relocated to Kino Stadium from Portland, Oregon.

The Toros paid rent and held "Thirsty Thursday" games between semi-pro teams.

The city maintained the Toros abandoned the stadium.

The Toros dispute the city's position, and in the meantime, want back into the stadium to produce events. 

Without the Toros, the city entered into negotiations with the University of Arizona to have the Wildcats baseball team move from Sancet Field on campus to Hi Corbett.

The city says the UA Wildcats would pay $250,000 a year over a five-year lease, with an option for five more years.

Toros owner Jay Zucker says the Toros organization pays $80,000 per season.

Zucker said the Wildcats and Toros can co-exist, but he said the city will not talk to him.

"Is this really a way for the city of Tucson to treat one of their customers?" Zucker said. "We're a tenant. We're a customer, and to be treated this way is highly disrespectful -- not only to our organization, but to the community."

The Toros say they want to play in the independent North American League in 2012.

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