After a year hiatus, the Rochester Rhinos are coming back, but they are also moving out of their stadium in Rochester.
In a news release, the owners, David and Wendy Dworkin, say the soccer team will join the USL Division III in 2020 (they were previously Division II). At the same time, the Dworkins announced the Rhinos will move out of Marina Auto Stadium.
“After careful consideration and discussions with a number of our stadium partners and the United Soccer League, and after assessing the totality of our last three years as a tenant of the City of Rochester, we have determined that it is time for the Rochester Rhinos to move on from this venue,” the Dworkins wrote in a statement.
The Dworkins are now pursuing a new facility, a move that could mean they leave the city limits.
“We have preliminarily identified several possible sites within Monroe County where a new multi-purpose stadium could be constructed.” the owners write. “While we are still in the very early stages, our next step in this process will be to study the operational and financial feasibility of our plans, which includes discussions with potential stakeholders who can share a multi-use facility to further drive local economic benefit. We recently shared our plans with county officials and look forward to future discussions on this exciting project.”
The team cancelled its 2018 season after the Dworkins were unable to hit a fundraising benchmark. Shortly after, the city tried to evict the team from what is now Marina Auto Stadium.
After a back-and-forth, the team reached a new lease agreement with the city that required the team to field a team in 2019. The deadline for a decision on the 2019 was required by September 1.