The Port Angeles Lefties (summer collegiate; West Coast League) are on the verge of extending their run at Civic Field, as a five-year agreement is set to go before to the Port Angeles City Council.
The upcoming 2019 season is the last under a three-year facility use agreement between the Lefties and Port Angeles, WA that began in 2017. An arrangement to keep the Lefties at Civic Field in 2020 and beyond is taking shape, as a proposed facility-use agreement between the city and Lefties parent company MACK Athletics Inc. calls for the team to use the ballpark through 2024.
Along with ensuring that the Lefties remain at Civic Field, the proposed extension also provides a mechanism for funding future ballpark improvements. The agreement will go before the Port Angeles City Council for its consideration on Tuesday night. More from the Peninsula Daily News:
Under the the terms of the new agreement, MACK Athletics will pay the city $300.50 per home game in 2020. The rate will increase by 3 percent every year.
Revenue from the agreement will be placed into a special city fund for improvements to Civic Field, [city Parks and Recreation Director Corey] Delikat said in a Monday interview.
Future improvements include a wheelchair ramp from the north parking lot to the field level and handrails for the stairs in the main grandstand, Delikat said.
Matt Acker of MACK Athletics, the Lefties’ majority owner, said he suggested the 3 percent annual cost increase to support investments to Civic Field.
Future Civic Field improvements would follow those that have been completed ahead of the 2019 season, including upgrades to the sound system and concessions equipment, along with the installation of a new walkway behind the bleachers.