OSEG and former Winnipeg mayor lease Ottawa ball park

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The owner of the Ottawa Redblacks Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group (OSEG) has partnered with the owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team to sign a 10-year lease to operate the baseball stadium in that city.Sam Katz, who is also a former mayor of Winnipeg, partnered with OSEG last year to launch a bid for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (RCGT) on Coventry Road, according to a memo released by the city on Tuesday.

By the time their candidacy became public, the partners said they hoped to operate a new baseball franchise outside the stadium, which was left without a tenant after the City of Ottawa terminated a lease with the landlord. of the Ottawa Can-Am Champions. League.

Katz told CBC on Tuesday that creating a new team for Ottawa was still the plan. Information on the league they will be playing in will be released shortly.

“Our goal is to bring professional baseball back to Ottawa so fans can enjoy quality, affordable entertainment,” Katz said.

The decade-long lease will begin on January 1, 2021 and payment to the City of Ottawa will be $ 125,000 per year. Under the agreement, the lessors will also pay the arrears owed to the city by the former operator, ie $ 473,000.

Tenants will be exempt from paying municipal taxes, provided they ensure that “the business activities that take place at the stadium are related to baseball and other related events,” said the general manager of planning for the stadium. ‘Ottawa Stephen Willis in the memo.

“I can’t wait to bring my family to a professional baseball game in Ottawa and hope you can join me in welcoming our new partners to the nation’s capital,” said Willis.

OSEG and Katz plan to begin operations next spring, the memo said.

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