Last-minute deal could secure new Goldeyes Shaw Park lease

By | October 29, 2020

WINNIPEG — A last-minute deal is on the table at Winnipeg City Hall to secure a new lease for the Goldeyes baseball club at Shaw Park.

Last week the mayor’s executive policy committee voted 4-3 against the agreement.

The Goldeyes also had issues with the proposal.

Now Councillors Brian Mayes and Markus Chambers have tabled a motion altering the deal.

Instead of rent from $75,000, $85,000 and $95,000 annually over the 15 year lease, the new proposal would see it lowered to $25,000, $50,000, and $75,000.

Entertainment taxes and municipal taxes would be granted back to the team over the entire term, instead of 2029, pending a review.

It appears the Goldeyes are on board with this plan as an internal email to councillors says the motion contains amendments from the team.

It’s unclear if council will endorse this as some, including the mayor, feel they don’t have enough financial information from the ball club.

Goldeyes owner Sam Katz has said a deal needs to be in place by the end of the month.

City council is set to vote on this Thursday.

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