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San Jose Municipal Stadium

The battle for a new MLB ballpark in San Jose is spilling over to the minor-league side, as local officials question whether the San Jose Giants (High Class A; California League) are paying enough in rent for Municipal Stadium.

The Cal League team, largely owned and managed by parent San Francisco Giants, pays $1,000 monthly in rent for the WPA-funded facility. In recent years the SJ Giants have invested over a million dollars in the old ballpark, as has the city. 

Now the city is looking at an $85,000 expenditure on some sorely needed ballpark maintenance per the terms of the Municipal Stadium lease. That’s not sitting too well with some San Jose City Council members, who note the “Stand for San Jose” group suing the city over the proposed Oakland A’s ballpark is being funded by both Giants teams.

It’s good political posturing, but little will come of it: the time to object to the terms of a lease will be when the lease comes up for renewal next year.

Image of San Jose Municipal Stadium by John Moist.

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