The Rochester Red Wings will continue playing at Frontier Field for at least the next decade, and possibly beyond that.
Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo, and Red Wings President/CEO, Naomi Silver, announced today that the two sides have reached an agreement on a new lease that will keep one of Rochester’s oldest traditions alive for the long run. The new lease begins on April 1, 2018, and runs through April 1, 2028. Additionally, there is a mutual option for another 10 year renewal thereafter.
All signs are pointing to the Red Wings remaining in Monroe County, and at Frontier Field, until the year 2038.
As part of the agreement, Monroe County will continue to make improvements to the ballpark in accordance with International League standards. At the same time, Rochester Community Baseball will provide Monroe County with $100,000 per year in rent payments.
It is anticipated that the new lease will save taxpayers $340,000 per year in administrative, overhead, and debt service costs. This being as a result of RCB leasing directly through Monroe County, as opposed to previous operations by an LDC.
The Red Wings have called Frontier Field their home since the ballpark’s opening in 1996. Opening day for the 2018 season is scheduled for Friday, April 6th when the Buffalo Bisons are in town.