Under new lease agreement, Rhinos must commit to field team by September

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City officials have reached a deal with the Rochester Rhinos owners over their lease for Capelli Sport Stadium.

In recent weeks, the city ordered the team out of the stadium after the Rhinos cancelled its 2018 season due to funding issues.

Under terms of the lease, News 8 was told professional soccer games must be played at the stadium. To satisfy that condition, the Rhinos in turn scheduled games through the USL to be played at the stadium along with Lancers games. But, the city still moved to evict the team.

The Rhinos can now re-take possession of the location. But, the new deal comes with a few stipulations for the Rhinos. A city spokesperson says the Rhinos will have to pay the city $50,000 in rent, $40,000 in additional fees and give them a percentage of their alcohol sales.

But the biggest revelation is that, while the Rhinos and the city have reached an agreement, the Rhinos must have a team in place by September 1 of this year.

“If they don’t commit by September of 2018 that they’re going to field a team, then we will move on and re-purpose the stadium,” said Tim Curtin, Corporation Counsel for the city.

The city says there are also contingencies in this new agreement that relate to whether the team is sold or not.

Statement from Rhinos

David & Wendy Dworkin are pleased to announce that an agreement has been executed, which will avoid protracted litigation. 

Unfortunately, efforts over the last two months spent on this issue resulted in a diversion of significant time and resources from our primary goal: using a one-year hiatus to work diligently with supporters and the business community to solidify a foundation for sustained success. Now we can shift our focus back to keeping professional soccer in our region, as well as providing a wide array of events at Capelli Sport Stadium this season. 

The Rochester Rhinos organization appreciate the support received during this time from fans and the community as a whole, including companies who have already committed to support us in 2018 and beyond. 

Toronto FC II single game and season tickets — as well suites rentals — will go on sale early next week. We encourage the entire region to support soccer, and look forward to partnering with friends and fans as we move forward.

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