A one-year extension of the stadium lease settlement with the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Myrtle Seashore Pelicans, was permitted at the moment, Sept. 12 by Myrtle Seashore Metropolis Council. With this transfer, town may have time to determine whether or not to promote its baseball enterprise, improve the stadium at twenty first Avenue North and Grissom Parkway, or construct a brand new ballpark, maybe in downtown.
A proposed settlement states that every one events will work collaboratively on figuring out Pelicans Stadium’s future through the one-year extension interval.
Since 1999, the ballpark has been collectively owned by town and Horry County. The town owns 70% of the stadium and 30% belongs to Horry County. Nevertheless, county leaders have turn out to be pissed off with the prices of sustaining the stadium. A ballpark enchancment estimate of $58.7 million was a supply of controversy earlier this yr amongst county officers.
The Metropolis of Myrtle Seashore even went so far as unofficially contemplating relocating the stadium to the land town has bought alongside seventh Avenue North downtown.
In reference to town and the baseball park, HorryCounty Councilman Mark Causey requested final April, “Can we give them our share again?”.
The unique Myrtle Seashore Pelicans stadium value $12 million, with $10 million coming from town and county, whereas the group contributed $2 million. The group spent $1 million on enhancements within the following a long time. As of 2017, town has spent $1.2 million on renovations and repairs, with changing the sphere being the most costly.
Pelicans officers mentioned the stadium had 210 deficiencies, and the group had till 2023 to appropriate them or cut back the quantity to 10 by 2025 in compliance with Minor League Baseball laws.
There are issues with the house and guests’ clubhouses, a scarcity of weight and coaching rooms on website, and insufficient discipline lighting and fencing alongside the outfield partitions.
Mark Kruea, a metropolis spokesman, mentioned town remains to be weighing its long-term choices, together with constructing a brand new stadium. A brand new Myrtle Seashore Pelicans stadium would value the city as much as $60 million.
The proposed settlement would preserve the Pelicans within the metropolis till 2024 whether it is prolonged as anticipated.
Some county officers raised the opportunity of breaching the stadium contract in April.
Initially, town and the group agreed to a three-year lease extension, then a two-year contract. This newest settlement doesn’t include any vital adjustments.