Springdale Approves Contract with Minor League Baseball Team

SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CDT

SPRINGDALE, AR - After weeks of wrangling, Springdale city officials approved a contract yesterday to bring a minor league baseball team to northwest Arkansas in 2008.

By a 6-1 vote, the Springdale City Council approved the contract with the Wichita Wranglers.

A new stadium, paid for by a $50 million bond package, was approved by voters in July.  The stadium will be leased to the Wranglers for $325,000 annually.

The bond proposal covers the purchase of land, a $33 million stadium and infrastructure improvements.  Construction is expected to last 18 months.

The Wranglers, a Texas League team, are owned by Rich Baseball Incorporated of Buffalo, New York.

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