The Generales went through a trying first year in Durango after the Reynosa Broncos landed there following a disastrous 2016 in the city on the Texas border. Renovations to Durango's 9,000-seat Estadio Francisco Villa went a month into the 2017 schedule, causing the Generales to play their first 27 games on the road before they finally played a May 2 home opener against Union Laguna, losing 9-1 to the Vaqueros. That defeat extended a Generales losing streak that eventually reached 14 games after a surprisingly competitive start that briefly captured the hearts of Mexican baseball fans.
The team struggled the rest of the season, with players having to wait weeks for paychecks at times, LMB batting champion Yadir Drake leaving for Japan and infielder Daniel Mayora, whose 35-game hitting streak came within one game of matching the LMB single-season record, being sent to Monterrey for some badly-needed cash. The Generales finished the campaign with a 43-66 record to come in last in the Liga's North Division. Durango fans gave the beleaguered club unexpectedly decent support with an average attendance of 4,094 over 44 home games, good for seventh in the loop. Even so, the league's presidents decided that the franchise should take next year off to allow undercapitalized owner Virgilio Ruiz to find investors.
The team, owned by Jose Antonio Mansur (although some have challenged that status), will play next year in the 12,000-seat Estadio Nuevo Laredo, which was completed in 2008 to make it one of the LMB's newer ballparks. The old Tecolotes were one of the Liga's strongest teams in the 1980's and 1990's, winning the 1989 pennant amid a run in which the Tecos appeared in five Serie del Rey between 1985 and 1993. A number of Mexican League legends like Nelson Barrera, Alejandro Ortiz, Carlos Soto and minor league baseball's all-time home run leader, Andres Mora. However, that incarnation of the team sat out the 2011 season before being moved to Carmen the following year. Ironically, the Carmen team lasted five years before the Delfines were shifted to Durango last winer (see above for how that went).
The Tecos were the first professional baseball franchise to split its home games between cities in two different countries between 1985 and 2003, going back and forth between Nuevo Laredo's Parque La Junta and West Martin Field in Laredo, Texas. A very good book by Alan Klein on that experiment, "Baseball on the Border," was published in 1997. Although the "new" Dos Laredos Tecos will play at Estadio Nuevo Laredo, a facility that has received criticism because it sits miles west of the city, the team hopes to play at least a few games across the Rio Grande in Laredo's 6,000-seat Uni-Trade Stadium, which was completed in 2012. A team called the Laredo Lemurs of the independent American Association played there for five seasons, drawing just over 3,800 fans per game in 2012 but experiencing declining attendance annually until fewer than a thousand attendees pero opening showed up in 2016. The Lemurs shut down this past May after an acrimonious split among their three owners.