Utah Minor League Owner Backs Out Of Plan To Move Baseball Team To Pueblo

The owner of a Utah minor league baseball team has backed out of a deal to move the team to Pueblo.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Orem Owlz owner Jeff Katofsky announced his plans to relocate the team last month. Pueblo County had planned to build a $25 million multi-purpose stadium for the team.

Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority Director Jerry Pacheco confirmed the change of plans in an email to officials involved in the project, saying Katofsky declined to proceed with a plan to move the team and develop three hotels. Pacheco says Katofsky cited his frustration about the way the project was progressing.

Katofsky did not immediately return phone calls from the newspaper.

Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, a proponent of the project, declined to comment on Katofsky's decision.