Top Menu

Akron lease approved; Babby buys Aeros

Akron AerosA 25-year lease for Canal Park that calls for $3.5 million in ballpark improvements was approved by the City Council after Ken Babby officially took control of the Akron Aeros (Class AA; Eastern League) yesterday.

The lease calls for a new scoreboard and the addition of new group and picnic areas. The city will float bonds to pay for the improvements, backed by the $220,000 in annual rent payments from the Aeros. In addition, the team will retain the right to sell naming rights to the ballpark, but any proceeds must be reinvested back in Canal Park. The agreement was actually reached several days ago; the approval yesterday was just a formality.

The 32-year-old Babby takes over ownership of the Aeros from Mike and Greg Agganis.

RELATED STORIES: Canal Park lease extension approved for new Aeros owner; Akron looks at ballpark upgrades to keep AerosBabby emerging as Aeros owner


Share your news with the baseball community. Send it to us at

Are you a subscriber to the weekly Ballpark Digest newsletter? You can sign up for a free subscription at the Newsletter Signup Page.

Join Ballpark Digest on Facebook and on Twitter!

Follow Ballpark Digest on Google + and add us to your circles!

, , , , , , , ,