After hearing a pitch from the independent American Association, Potter County officials decided to sign a new lease with United League Baseball's Amarillo Dillas, despite the league withdrawing a more ambitious $2 million renovation plan.
The Amarillo Dillas (independent; United League Baseball) will keep control of the Amarillo Dilla Villa for the next two years, and potentially four, under the terms of a lease approved today by Potter County Commissioners.
The deal, which came after a pitch from the independent American Association for the ballpark lease, is a straight two-year lease at $100,000 annually. Potter County will continue to be responsible for ballpark maintenance at $40,000 per year; this season will see some cosmetic changes. Originally ULB had pitched county officials on a more ambitious $2 million overhaul of the 1952 ballpark that would have revamped the seating and added suites and a picnic area, but that offer was withdrawn by ULB officials before yesterday's meeting.
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