The Lowell Spinners will pay $250,000 annually for the use of LeLacheur Park over the next ten years, under a proposed agreement that ends a stalemate with the city.The Lowell Spinners (short season; NY-Penn League) will pay $250,000 annually for the use of LeLacheur Park over the next ten years, under an agreement that ends a stalemate with the city.
The city approved the lease, which calls for the Spinners to pay $180,000 in the first year of the 10-year deal (rising 1 percent annually) as well as $617,500 in ticket surcharges over a decade.
The Spinners can hold one concert per year free of charge, and ask for permission for more.
It is a little surprising how drawn out these negotiations were. Lowell officials brought in a consultant to increase what the Spinners were paying, with the result an RFP calling for new teams. Despite baseball’s territorial rules, one affiliated owner responded to the RFP — and the response was immediately withdrawn after NY-Penn League officials raised a fuss.
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