O'Fallon, River City Rascals Strike Deal to Keep Team at T.R. Hughes Through 2022

The River City Rascals have agreed to a new deal with the City of O'Fallon that will keep the team at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon through the 2022 season.

The River City Rascals have received a new lease from O'Fallon lawmakers that will keep the minor league baseball team in O'Fallon for nearly another decade, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

According to the report, the O'Fallon City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement to keep the team at T.R. Hughes Ballpark through the 2022 season. The current lease was set to expire in 2014.

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The city and the Rascals ownership have been renegotiating the lease since last fall. The team's lease payment in 2012 was $175,000.

Under the new lease, the club will pay annual rent of $50,000 from 2013 through 2015; $75,000 annually in 2016 and 2017; $100,000 a season in 2018 and 2019; and $150,000 a year in 2020 through 2022. In addition, the Rascals would make annual debt payments of $12,200 per year to help pay off $122,000 it owes the city.

A new playground at T.R. Hughes Ballpark is also expected as part of the deal.

To read more on the story, read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jim Frain April 17, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Keeping the River City Rascals at our T R Hughes Ballpark is an important decision for our city...We will maintain the ball park which is an important asset to our city, the Rascal's will be much more agressive in promotion and marketing and they will continue to win, because they are winners...The key now is to increase attendance by O'Fallon residents at the game...and I believe that will happen! Giving up on the ball park and walking away is not the answer and the working relationship between the City of O'Fallon and the River City Rascals will reap the rewards of working together and hanging in there!
What a joke full of Corporate Greed, while we (O' Fallon) pay for the Real Estate Tax Bill of the Corn-Crib" Stadium in Normal, Illinois for owner Steve Malliet as the City Council Members and the Mayor get a Free Suite, Free Tickets, Free Food, Free beer and Free giveaways for giving their buddy Steve Malliet a 75-percent reduction in rent when it cost the City $700,000 in mortgage, repairs, paint, water and sewer to keep the door open while their are more players and staff than their are fans. Unbelievable!!!! Steve Malliet pays $50,000 Annually! Only in America!


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