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Mariners Lease Deal Approved, New Ballpark Name Coming Soon

After a delay, a renegotiation, some public outcry and general local politics, the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) Board and Seattle Mariners have reached a final agreement on a new 25-year ballpark lease for the venue formerly known as Safeco Field.  With the lease finalized, the Mariners are expected to announce a stadium naming rights deal — rumored to be with T-Mobile — in the coming days.  Read more here.

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Wichita Delays Approving Ballpark Design-Build Agreement

Wichita (KS) will have to wait at least a week to learn who will build the new stadium to house the city’s Triple-A minor league baseball team.  City Council member Bryan Frye asked for additional time to study a design-build agreement for the ballpark to verify that the recommended group has the required experience in constructing ballparks per the RFP.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Design-Build Team Challenging Qualifications of Competing Group

The Wichita (KS) City Council hasn’t officially approved a design-build team for the city’s new $75 million, Triple-A Minor League ballpark, but there’s already been a protest over the recommended group.  There were three groups that bid on the project — a team that includes DLR Group, another that includes Populous, and a third that includes HKS Architects.  Read more here.

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School District Land Lease Extension Nudges Ongoing Ballpark Negotiations with Renegades

The Beacon City School District has agreed to extend Dutchess County’s stadium land lease by another year, a move officials say is key to ongoing negotiations with the Hudson Valley Renegades (Single-A, New York-Penn League).  Read more here.

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Cubs, Pelicans Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Chicago Cubs today announced the organization has agreed on a two-year Player Development Contract extension with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans through the 2022 season. The announcement also included extensions for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee, and Single-A South Bend. Single-A Eugene signed a four-year extension through 2022, announced this past August.

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Rascals Locked Out of CarShield Field

The city of O’Fallon (MO) has locked the River City Rascals (Independent Professional, Frontier League) out of the city-owned ballpark.  According to a 2017 lease agreement, the Rascals owed the city $122,000.  A plan was signed to pay back the debt over time but city officials say the team has not lived up to its part of the lease.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Angels Opt Out of Ballpark Lease

The Los Angeles Angels opted out of their lease with the city of Anaheim (CA) on Tuesday, setting the stage for another round of negotiations over whether the team remains in their longtime host city or finds a new home elsewhere in Southern California.  Read more here.

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