Collegiate baseball in Auburn is one step closer after the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a lease agreement with the City of Auburn at a special board meeting held on Wednesday afternoon.
Under terms of the 20-year agreement the city will pay to have a turf field installed at the home of the Auburn Doubledays, while the college will pay the city $6 Million to use the ballpark for Spartans baseball and other team sports.
Athletic Director Pete Liddell tells Finger Lakes News Radio the vote comes after years of work and due diligence and he’s excited for the student athletes to have a place to call home.
He adds that the agreement is not just for the betterment of student athletes.
He’s confident the vote by the board will help the winter go by quickly.
According to City Manager Jeff Dygert, City Council will get a report on the agreement at Thursday’s council meeting and will vote on the proposal at the October 11 meeting. He adds the contract for the turf project could be signed the next day, with construction to get get underway before the end of the year.
The Spartans’ inaugural season home opener against Columbia-Greene Community College Twins is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2.