Detroit Tigers sign 20-year spring training contract - FOX 13 News

Detroit Tigers sign 20-year spring training contract

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

They're staying! The Detroit Tigers just signed a 20 year agreement to continue to spring train in Lakeland.

"It's huge," Bob Donahay, the city's director of parks and recreation told FOX 13.

Donahay says the total economic impact of the major league and its farm teams staying here will be about $63 million a year.

That's a great bottom-line for the city and the businesses around town. Fans are getting something else from the announcement -- an adrenaline rush.

"That means I can watch them until I am 60 years old," said John Ayala, a rabid Tigers fan.

The agreement is the longest of its kind between a city and a professional baseball team in major league history. It will mean the Tigers will have spring trained here for 100 years.

Every negotiation is give and take, and this one is no different. The city is promising to make major improvements to Joker Marchant Stadium where the Tigers play. Those include improved concessions, restrooms, and locker rooms, and they’re just the beginning.

The upgrades will cost about $37 million. The money will come from the state, county, and the smallest portion will come from the city.

Work on the improvements will begin after the current contract ends in 2016.

 

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