ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After much back and forth and public debate, Monroe County and the Rochester Red Wings have struck a new lease agreement that will result in the Wings playing ball at Frontier Field for the foreseeable future.
The two sides called a late afternoon news conference Monday, where they announced a new 10-year lease agreement, with the option of a 10-year renewal lease after that.
"Reaching this lease agreement was a long process, but in baseball terms, it was a like a home run for the fans here in Monroe County and for our taxpayers alike,” said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.
The new lease between the county and Rochester Community Baseball lasts from 2018 to 2028, with RCB paying $100,000 per year to rent Frontier Field.
The agreement would also dissolve a local development corporation, the Greater Rochester Outdoor Sports Facilities Corporation.
Dinolfo says with the county providing the services the LDC did, it saves the county $320,000 per year.
The agreement comes just over two weeks before the International League's March 1 deadline. If a new deal was not in place, the league threatened to move the Wings’ home games to a new city.
For Naomi Silver, the president of Rochester Community Baseball, the lease agreement comes as a relief.
"I'd like to thank the community for their support in this process. I can tell you I have been overwhelmed, and grateful for the kindness and dedication that the fans and our community have expressed,” said Silver.
As a part of the new lease agreement, the county will be responsible for continuing capital improvements to the field to meet league standards.
The new deal takes effect April 1, and requires approval by the Monroe County Legislature.