The ballpark down in Edmonton’s river valley is now officially known as ReMax Field. The Edmonton Prospects obtained the naming rights and have signed a three year deal with the city, and the sponsor, plus a fourth year as an option. The deputy city manager for citizen services for the city confirmed this naming rights deal keeps the ball park as it is and takes away any thought of tearing down some of the bleachers.
“It is off the table,” confirmed Rob Smyth. “We’ve explored that a little bit but it would be a pretty expensive fix to do that. If there’s a long term vision for the facility, we will explore that at that time.”
Reducing the size of ReMax Field was considered at one point as the city’s Sustainable Development branch looked at development of Rossdale. Instead, Smyth said for the short term the Prospects will remain viable with this injection of revenue from the naming rights.
“Absolutely, yep. I think they have between 28-30 games a year but there’s lots of community access. The information I have is there were upwards of 70 other days that were used at the facility last year so it’s getting a fair bit of use.”
The redevelopment study for Rossdale will continue Smyth said. “That gives the Prospects that time to keep using it, but then bring information back to council again.”
City council at its meeting last week gave approval to the deal during a closed door portion. “We had to get that approved by council of course but that’s part of their business case to run the park and run it financially so that it’s feasible. The funds all go to the Prospects.”
“Given the infrastructure down there, it’s a good facility. The location is great,” Smyth said. “We’re making the best use of it that we can at this point in time. It’s only a short term solution. The long term still has some question marks out there that we’ve got to work on.”
Financial terms will remain un-announced because it’s a deal between the ball club and the sponsor.
The opening game for the Prospects in the 2017 WMBL season is June 2 against the Brooks Bombers.