Fremont approves $250K loan for new baseball team

August 2, 2018

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — City officials in eastern Nebraska have approved a $250,000 economic development loan that will help bring a new baseball team to town.

The Fremont City Council approved a resolution to give a forgivable loan to Expedition League Inc., a summer collegiate baseball league, the Fremont Tribune reported. The league currently has eight teams in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska.

The loan’s terms require Expedition League to maintain a team in Fremont for five years, said Lottie Mitchell, the city’s grant coordinator.

The Fremont-based team will play 32 home games from late May through early August, said Expedition League President Steve Wagner. The league is looking to add three more teams to have a total of 12 compete in the 2019 summer season.

Most of the league’s players are “high level, top tier collegiate talent,” Wagner said. “These kids are looking to break into professional baseball and we provide and emulate that experience.”

The loan will be used to make upgrades to Moeller Field, such as sinking the dugouts, expanding seating and improving concessions and bathrooms. The league will be seeking a corporate sponsor that would be given naming rights to the field in order to help cover the estimated $400,000 upgrade costs.

“We have four primary revenue sources: corporate partnership and sponsorship, second would be tickets, then concessions and also apparel sales,” Wagner said.

He said the league aims to offer entertainment in the community.

“We are all about fun, we do a lot of between inning activities, a lot to engage the fans,” he said.


Information from: Fremont Tribune, http://www.fremontneb.com

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