The city council of New Britain has agreed with a lease of the vacant stadium of the New Britain Rock Cats. The Rock Cats will move to Hartford, where they will become the YardGoats, so they will leave a basebal void in New Britian.
Ever since the Rock Cats announced that they would move to Hartford, the Atlantic League showed interest to place a team there. Now the lease is okay, it still remains questionable if the Atlantic League will place a team there. First of all, it is not clear which team will move. Most likely candidate are the Camden RiverSharks. But… the RiverSharks are still negotiating with the city of Camden to stay in Campbell’s Field.
Next to this, the owner of Campbell’s Field (Camden County Improvement Authority (CCIA))is looking to move a New York-Penn League team to town. If he would succeed in doing so, the adaptions that need to be made to the stadium will cost $4 million. The question is: “Who will pay for those costs?” With no deal in place about having a NY-Penn League team playing in Campbell’s Field, it still may be possible that the RiverSharks will stay in Camden.
If that will be the case, you can wonder if the Atlantic League still has to pay the lease to New Britain. The Atlantic League will have to pay $50,000 more than the Rock Cats did in its final season. But the lease will also bring some income as 90% of the parking revenues will go to the Atlantic League.
For now, a lot is up in the air. Nothing is sure. So it can very well be that the Atlantic League may got stuck with a lease for a stadium where no team is playing.
To be continued for sure.