Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2, 2018) city council will consider changing the ball park lease.
The sports group already has control over the ball park every day of the year because of their current lease.
The group wants to bring a USL soccer team to El Paso and play at the ball park. They plan to spend $3.5 million to make the facility appropriate for both baseball and soccer.
This makes sense if for no other reason than they already control what can happen at the park.
From the proposed changes to the lease:
“… all revenues generated
from the Soccer Team and/or the Ballpark on the date of a Soccer Team home game or
USL events including, without limitation, all revenues from Soccer Team or USL ticket
sales (except Ticket Fees), parking (except for City’s share of parking revenue, discussed
in Article V of this Agreement), Soccer Team or USL Concessions, Soccer Team or USL
Merchandise, Soccer Team or USL suite, and club seat sales, interior and exterior Soccer
Team or USL-related Ballpark advertising and signage, sponsorships, any and all Soccer
Team or USL naming rights and other advertising, sales of broadcast and telecast rights,
internet rights, league expansion fees and team fundraising, and any other sources of
Soccer Team or USL related revenue, shall be retained by MountainStar Soccer or the
USL, as appropriate.”
The city does not get much.
However the city does get to provide free police services:
City, in its reasonable discretion, shall provide at
its sole cost and expense (using City employees or contract services, as determined by
City) all customary police, traffic control, fire prevention, emergency medical, street
cleaning, trash removal and other similar City-provided services, outside and in the
general vicinity of the Ballpark, at a level of service consistent with the Ballpark
We deserve better