The final out: Fans say farewell to Tucson Padres
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Tucson Padres played their final home game in franchise history Thursday night in front of 8,112 loyal fans. But they couldn't deliver a win, falling 2-1 to the Reno Aces.
Their last home game ever ironically came against Reno, the city that took over the former Tucson Sidewinders.
With today's final home game, 43 years of baseball in Tucson came to an end. The Padres the latest team to leave after dwindling attendance numbers. For three years, the Padres averaged 2,700 fans a night, the lowest attendance in the Pacific Coast League. The team now moves to it's new home in El Paso.
Fans 9OYS talked to say they're disappointed and frustrated baseball once again failed to stay in Tucson. Die-hard fans brought signs and posters thanking the team for the last three years of baseball and wishing them well with their move east.
The Padres also auctioned off players jerseys, the ones they actually wore for the final home game. Fans bid on those and purchased last minute memorabilia they could. Fans tell 9OYS they wanted a piece of history. They're hopeful minor league baseball will one day return to Tucson, but for now, no one knows when or if that will happen again.