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Play Ball: Dinolfo, Silver Announce New Long Term Lease For Frontier Field

Play Ball: Dinolfo, Silver Announce New Long Term Lease For Frontier Field

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Rochester Red Wings President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver announced that Monroe County and Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. have agreed upon a new long-term lease for the use of Frontier Field. The lease term is ten years, from 2018 to 2028, and includes a mutual option for another ten-year renewal thereafter. The agreement has been signed by Silver and will be officially executed by Dinolfo pending final authorization of the Monroe County Legislature.

“This new lease is a home run for baseball fans and local taxpayers and will keep the Red Wings in Rochester for innings and innings to come,” said Dinolfo. “I grew up attending games with the Knothole Gang at Silver Stadium and I brought my own kids out to root for the Wings here at Frontier Field. Not only is this team part of the heart and soul of Monroe County, it contributes to our quality of life and assists our efforts to grow local jobs and the economy. I thank Naomi Silver for her continued partnership and for the Silver family’s longstanding commitment to baseball in our community.”

“I want to thank Monroe County for their diligence and hard work in getting this lease done. We are satisfied with the outcome, and look forward to continuing the long tradition of Baseball in Rochester,” said Naomi Silver, President/CEO/COO of Rochester Community Baseball.

Under the terms of the agreement, Rochester Community Baseball will provide Monroe County $100,000 per year in rent payments. Monroe County will also continue to receive revenues generated from the naming rights agreement with Frontier and from parking. The lease also provides that Monroe County will continue to make capital improvements to Frontier Field in accordance with International League and Major League Baseball standards. The lease additionally sets various expense and revenue sharing arrangements, including those for ticketing, advertising, and maintenance.

For the first time, Rochester Community Baseball will lease directly with Monroe County for the use of Frontier Field. The field has been owned since its inception by Monroe County. Prior to 2017, the facility was operated by a Local Development Corporation (LDC) the Greater Rochester Outdoor Sports Facilities Corporation (GROSFC). Under the previous arrangement, Monroe County contracted with GROSFC for its services and GROSFC leased the field to Rochester Community Baseball for the use of the Red Wings. GROSFC has since been dissolved as a result of Dinolfo’s pledge to eliminate county LDCs. The dissolution of GROSFC is estimated to save Monroe County $320,000 per year in administrative, overhead, and debt service costs.

Dinolfo will refer the lease agreement as a Matter of Necessity to the Monroe County Legislature for review and approval at its regularly-scheduled February meeting tomorrow night. International League President Randy Mobley has indicated that the new agreement and approval timeline meets the March 1 deadline set by the International League for the two parties to have a new lease in place. The Red Wings will be in a position to play the team’s home opener at Frontier Field on April 6.