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Say goodbye to the summer

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As summer comes to a close and we gear up for the winter season of skiers, some may think it's too early to think about next summer.

But it may not be too early to think about the future of Triple Crown in Steamboat Springs and what it means to merchants and residents alike.

The Triple Crown, a series of baseball and softball games that brings in players from all over the country and beyond, has been calling Steamboat Springs home for almost 20 years.

Dave King, the president of the event, said one of the youth championships will find a new home by the year 2003 simply because the Triple Crown's popularity is growing beyond the capacity of Steamboat and Routt County.

King also has hinted that the Triple Crown may find a new home if there are not substantial improvements made to the quality of the playing fields in Steamboat.

The city and Triple Crown are currently working on a contract and those negotiations will ultimately decide whether the event stays or goes.

There are those residents who, if the baseball series chose to leave, would say good riddance. With the Triple Crown comes a tripling of the Steamboat population, a crowding of restaurants, a monopolization of playing facilities, and enough traffic congestion to try anyone's patience.

To keep the event, the city would have to make capital expenditures to improve and/or expand facilities expenditures that are not budgeted at this time.

The other side of that coin, however, would say that such expenditures would be an investment.

With the Triple Crown comes the injection of more than $10 million into a summertime economy that otherwise might be lackluster.

Whichever way that coin might fall, careful consideration must be taken by city leaders and residents should be encouraged to let these leaders know what they think.

It's the bottom of the ninth, what are we going to do?

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