Aces Baseball Secures Lease to Bringhurst Field for 2009 CBL Season
Alexandria, LA; March 25, 2009 - The members of Alexandria City Council approved the lease agreement contract giving approval for the Alexandria Aces of the Continental Baseball League (CBL) to play baseball at Bringhurst Field for the 2009 season, starting with the Aces' home opener on Wednesday, May 20th.
The Mayor and his administration worked closely with the members of the new, local ownership group that will allow the Alexandria Aces to continue to offer affordable, family-friendly entertainment and professional baseball at Bringhurst Field.
"The Mayor and his staff, as well as the Council, understands the importance of keeping the Aces in Alexandria. They understand that the Aces are a part of Central Louisiana and having the Aces does improve the quality of life in this area," said Aces' General Manager, Andrew Aguilar. "There are not other cities the size of Alexandria that can claim that they have been a part of the independent minor league baseball scene since 1994. There are very few cities that can claim that this will be their 14th season to play independent baseball, which is a testament to the support of the citizens of Alexandria/Pineville and the surrounding areas, as well as the support of the local businesses. That support is far superior, per capita, when compared to many larger cities. The Aces do add economic value to Central Louisiana."
The importance of having a local ownership group that will strive to do what is best for the community underscores that fact, and the Mayor and his staff understood that in the negotiation process. "I believe it was clear to both the Mayor and the Council after what happened last year with the United League. It was evident that local ownership was the right route for the Aces to succeed in being a long-term viable solution," added President Eric Moran.
"For a league to change the rules in the middle of the season, and continually put the Aces at a disadvantage when they tried to claim their third straight championship was not fair to the Aces fans, its organization, its players, or the City of Alexandria. Ultimately, the Council took that level of importance a step further by adding an addendum to the lease agreement."
The Council did approve the lease with an addendum stating that the CBL can not move the playoff game(s) away from the Aces, if according to the CBL's playoff rules, the Aces' earn the right to be the host team.
The CBL enters its third season of offering professional baseball with Opening Night of the season on May 14th, and welcomes the opportunity to bring the excitement and tradition of baseball to communities with a long standing love affair with the Nation's favorite pastime. Every night, history is made in the League's storied ballparks in Texas cities, Dallas, Texas City (Bay Area), Texarkana, Alpine (Big Bend), and Alexandria, Louisiana. Join us today for great professional baseball and a value-packed experience for fans, friends, and families!
For more information of the Aces, call (318) 473-ACES (2237), or visit the team's website at www.myacesbaseball.com.
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