After years of negotiations the Madison Mallards (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) and the city of Madison have come to a tentative agreement on a renovation of Warner Park.After years of negotiations the Madison Mallards (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) and the city of Madison have come to a tentative agreement on a renovation of Warner Park. It’s not quite the plan originally proposed by the Mallards, which would have reversed the playing field (putting home plate in where center field is currently located), but it does address the main issues at Warner Park: creaky old bleachers dating back to the days of Ed Janus and the Madison Muskies (Low Class A; Midwest League). Under the new plan the bleachers will be replaced, restrooms will be added and the sound system will be upgraded. The total cost of the renovation: $2.2 million, with $800,000 from the city and $1.4 million from the Mallards. The team also agreed to a new 10-year lease beginning in 2010 calling for annual rent beginning at $50,000 and rising yearly to $65,238. The renovations should be done in time for the 2009 season, if approved by the City Council.
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