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Butler BlueSox to continue playing at Kelly Automotive Park

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By Bill Vidonic
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

The Butler BlueSox are committed to playing at least 10 more years at Kelly Automotive Park, formerly Pullman Park.

Butler's Parks, Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority on Wednesday approved a new lease with the baseball team, which plays 30 games at the stadium in the summer.

The team is now paying $300 per game to play at the stadium managed by the authority.

Under the new lease, which runs through 2024, the BlueSox will pay $350 per game for two years, rising to $400 near the end of the lease. The lease also modifies some revenue-sharing agreements between the team and authority, with the team taking more from concession sales.

Authority board members said the lease will offer some stability, and should help increase advertising sales. The authority had fallen behind in mortgage payments on the stadium in recent months, but has caught up on most of the late payments.

Gordon Marburger, one of the team's majority owners, said his group will approve the lease.

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