Category Archives: Lease & Contracts

Effort to Bring MLB to Portland the Real Deal this Time?

The ownership group focused on bringing Major League Baseball to Portland has reportedly met privately with city officials to discuss downtown Portland stadium plans.  The report also indicates that the group is engaged in talks to secure two potential stadium sites.  Read more here.

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Heat Extend Ballpark Lease with Chico State

The Chico Heat (Summer Collegiate, Great West League) have announced they will be playing baseball in Nettleton Stadium on the campus of Chico State University in Chico (CA) until 2020.  The agreement extends the former two-year agreement the Heat had with the University Foundation from 2016 – 2017.  Read more here.

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Scrappers Extend Lease, Announce Ballpark Improvements

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Single-A, New York-Penn League) have announced a 15-year lease extension agreement with the Cafaro Company which will keep minor league baseball at the Niles (OH)-based Eastwood Field facility through 2033.  Read more here.  The ballpark is also getting a facelift.  Read more here.  Read press release here.

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City, Developer Reach Deal for Ballpark Infrastructure

City officials have negotiated terms with Town Madison developers that will help provide the infrastructure needed for a multi-use stadium.  The venue and infrastructure are key parts of the plan to bring the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) to Madison (AL).  Read more here.

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Are the Elizabethton Twins Truly in Jeopardy?

In early February, the Elizabethton (TN) City Council voted unanimously to set a February 28th deadline for the Minnesota Twins to commit to an improvement plan for Joe O’Brien Field, home of the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie, Appalachian League).  At the time, the mayor said that if the deadline isn’t met, Elizabethton leaders would withdraw their offer. Continue reading

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Ashwaubenon Approves Ballpark Deal

The Ashwaubenon Village (WI) Board on Tuesday night approved a 20-year lease with Big Top Baseball for a new $10-million stadium for the Green Bay Bullfrogs (Summer Collegiate, Northoods League).  The deal calls for Big Top to provide an up-front investment of $500,000 and an annual lease payment of $205,000 through 2023 with a 1 percent increase each year thereafter through 2038.  Construction could begin in August.  Kansas City-based Pendulum will be handling the design duties.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Signing Ceremony Held in Fayetteville

During a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, the Fayetteville (NC) City Council members and county commissioners signed on the dotted line to an interlocal agreement that gives both a big financial stake in the baseball stadium being built downtown.  Read more here.

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