Mitchell, SD‘s parks and recreation board has approved an agreement with the Northwoods League, moving the city closer to obtaining a team in the summer collegiate circuit.
The agreement approved by the parks and recreation board would allow a Northwoods League team to use Drake Field for a period of five years. In March, we noted that Mitchell was on the league’s radar as a possible home for an expansion franchise that could begin play as early as 2018.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Northwoods League could arrive in Mitchell as early as next year, and the circuit will notify the city by September if a 2018 launch date is in place. More from The Daily Republic:
With the unanimous approval of the agreement at Thursday’s meeting at the Mitchell Recreation Center, the city will know by September whether the Northwoods League plans to play in town in 2018.
“They don’t have to come in a year,” Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell told the board.
The Northwoods League’s option agreement gives it until Sept. 1, 2019 to decide whether it will expand to Mitchell. After the deadline, the option agreement will be terminated.
The Northwoods League will play the 2017 season with just one team in the Dakotas: the Bismarck Larks, an expansion franchise that is about to begin its inaugural season. Should a team set up shop at Drake Field, Mitchell will receive $10,000 annually as part of the agreement.
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