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Red Wings, Monroe County reach lease agreement

After a tumultuous lease renegotiation process, which left some wondering if the beloved Rochester Red Wings would be playing in a different city, Monroe County and the minor league team have reached an agreement on a new lease.

While details have yet to be released on the monetary renegotiation for the lease of county-owned Frontier Field, County Spokesman Brett Walsh said the new lease will allow the Red Wings to call Rochester home for the next 10 years.

“From the beginning, it’s always been our goal to keep the Red Wings in Rochester,” Walsh said. “I know the county executive is really pleased that we were able to reach an agreement and keep the Red Wings here for years to come.”

The process to renegotiate the lease, first placed in 1997, left County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo asking for more than the allotted $1,040,388 received in 2016 as an annual debt payment from the Red Wings Organization. The county has yet to release whether a larger annual payment agreement has been reached.

What is certain is that, whether as the Red Wings or the Plates, Rochester is set to keep enjoying America’s favorite pastime for years to come.

“I applaud Naomi Silver and the Red Wings organization for maintaining their commitment to the greater Rochester community and never losing faith throughout lease negotiations with the County Administration,” State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, said in a statement. “The Rochester Red Wings are an intrinsic part of our community’s DNA, one of the regions most prized assets, and arguably the best-run minor league sports franchise in the nation. I extend my sincere thanks to the many voices that were raised in our community, helping to ensure that families and individuals can enjoy America’s greatest pastime in Rochester for many years to come.”

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