The Red Wings are staying in Rochester.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver, President and CEO of Rochester Community Baseball announced Tuesday that Frontier Field will be home for the Red Wings for the next 10 years with a mutual 10-year option to renew.
The deal is months in the making. From the Wings’ perspective, it’s more like years.
“We have been working on this at some level since before Cheryl became county executive,” Silver said.
There were few details released at Tuesday’s press conference. It’s possible that’s because there are few details completed.
The agreement is in structure only. There are many t’s to be crossed and i’s yet to be dotted. The county legislature also must approve the contract.
No one had a timetable for when all that would happen on Tuesday.
What the press conference did have was two apparently happy and satisfied sides with an assurance for Rochester baseball fans.
“We’re thrilled to have achieved our mutual goal of making sure the interest of taxpayers are protected, but equally important, that the Red Wings and their great contributions over the years… they’ll stay here for many decades to come,” Dinolfo said.
“It’s a great relief to have this done and to be able to look forward to a long term future without having to work on something like this which is incredibly time consuming and distracting from regular business. Happy,” Silver said.
It’s possible the final deal may include ticket or concession price increases for Red Wing fans.
But there will be tickets and there will be concessions for baseball games at Frontier Field for a long time.