BY COUNCILOR REINERT:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized to enter into a lease agreement, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. _______________________, with the Northwoods League, Inc., for use of Wade Stadium by said league for professional baseball through 2012, the payments provided for being deposited in the Special Leagues Fund 210-030-3190-4625-04.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution authorizes a new lease agreement with the Northwoods League to allow the Duluth Huskies baseball team to use Wade Stadium as their home field and to play their home games there through the 2012 playing season.
Since 2002, the Duluth Huskies under the auspices of the Northwoods League have played out of Wade Stadium as the successors to the reconstituted Duluth Dukes of the Northern League which were unable to continue in operation. In that year, the Northern League entered into a five year agreement with the city for the use of the stadium and have played there since that time in cooperation with the city and other users of the stadium. That lease has now expired.
The league wishes to extend the lease for an additional five years. They have offered additional compensation over the $300 per game in the old contract on a sliding scale, going from $305 per game to $325 per game in the fifth year of the lease. They have also requested several minor changes in the lease, the most significant of which is the ability to construct ”owner’s boxes” or “luxury suites” at their own expense in portions of the grandstand. The new lease also updates insurance requirements.