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The managers of Sahlen’s Stadium are unable to pay the utilities, taxes and insurance on the property.

According to legislation submitted by the mayor to City Council, Adirondack Sports Club, owners of the Rochester Rhinos soccer team, pay $1 in rent for the facility. But “due to financial hardship,” ACS has been unable to pay other operational expenses.

The mayor proposed gradually increasing the amount ASC pays for these costs. This year, the city would foot the entire bill. Next year, the city would pay 90 percent and the following year 80 percent. By 2020, the plan is to have ACS picking up the full tab.

The legislation didn’t specify the dollar amount the city would have to pay.

ACS will pay the city $20,000 in rent this year.

“The sports teams are stable,” said Rob Clark, head of ACS.

The key to making Sahlen’s Stadium profitable is booking concerts and other events, he said. Clark was pleased to have Syracuse University’s football team practice at the stadium recently.

“Concerts are a difficult business to get into,” Clark said. “You don’t want to take a loss.”
Soccer stadiums have formed an alliance to book major acts. Clark hopes to announce two big concerts this summer.

The fact ACS’ utility payments would be cut through 2020 is an indication taxpayers will be subsidizing the stadium for a very, very long time. Taxpayers are also subsidizing Frontier Field, as the stadium construction isn’t paid off and tax dollars are paid to the company that manages the stadium.

11 Responses to Soccer Stadium Needs Help

  1. April 9, 2012 at 11:53 am Ben C. responds:

    Until the scores range in the area of 13-12, I won’t go watch soccer (unless it’s free like their facility costs seem to be.)

    • Anyone who complains about soccer being low scoring is just showing that they are ignorant to the subtleties of the game.

      Personally I won’t go to watch a Baseball Game because I find it incredibly boring regardless of the score.I am ignorant to the subtleties of the game, therefore I don’t understand the appeal.

      • April 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm Ben C. responds:

        “ignorant of the subtleties of the game” – so what happened to the subtle crowd that used to subtlely show up for the games? Im suggest the goal be made twice the current size. Subtle games make for subtle ticket revenue. Curling anyone?

  2. My backyard is entirely suitable for professional badminton. I cannot afford to landscape the yard, however. I would appreciate the City’s subsidizing that for me. I plan to bring thousands of fans from Toronto on the ferry to watch the two or three matches I will be holding.

  3. April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm Bob Sarbane responds:

    The soccer stadium is yet another Bill Johnson gift to the community. He insisted it be located in the middle of one of Rochester’s worst neighborhoods, with inadequate parking and mindbogglingly confusing street patterns guaranteed to frustrate even the most determined soccer fan. Frank DuRoss, the original team owner, was treated like a skin rash by the State legislative delegation. If he had been allowed to build the stadium at the Elmgrove site, where he wanted to go, people would be going to games. Yet another Bill Johnson debacle.

    • Not a Bill Johnson debacle, a David Gantt one.

      It was he who insisted it be located in the City.

      • April 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm Rachel responds:

        Bills Johnson was never a fan of the soccer stadium project.

        • April 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm Ben C. responds:

          they should make the decision-makers pony-up a percentage of their hair-brained re-development investments or take a percentage of the losses as a lien vs. thier paycheck.

  4. April 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm Kevin Yost responds:

    Sahlen’s Stadium should be turned over to the Greater Rochester Sports Authority, which runs Frontier Field, and the same should happen with the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial and the Riverside Convention Center.

  5. April 10, 2012 at 10:02 am Tim Kampas responds:

    Division 3/4/5 amaerican soccer or whatever you call it ( barely above college ) , poor parking, pain in he butt to get home. Or European professional soccer at home using my already existing cable subscription, no commute or parking issues, in bed at the snap of a finger.

    no brainer….we really need an ownership group with money so they can pay the MLS entrance fee. If its not already too late.

  6. Do not underestimate Tim Kampas’ assessment on the quality of the pro soccer played here. When the Rhinos started, their league was one notch below MLS and the Rhinos competed quite well in Cup action vs. those squads.

    The difference between the MLS and whatever league the Rhinos are in this year/week/afternoon is substantial to say the least.

    I’d rather go watch prospects suiting up for the Amerks or Red WIngs knowing that several of them are a phone call away from going up to the bigs.

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