Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Marv Goldklang, Chairman of the Goldklang Group, principal owner of the Hudson Valley Renegades, announced to a sell out crowd on Thursday evening that the Renegades will continue to call Dutchess Stadium home for another 10 years.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, “When I worked to help lead the effort to form our original relationship with the Hudson Valley Renegades in 1994 I was confident baseball fans across Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley would support a local team. I continue to be impressed how enthusiastic and loyal the fan support has been. Since opening night 1994 the attendance for Renegades games has totaled an incredible 2,006,240.”
Steinhaus added, “I am thrilled to announce we are extending this relationship with the Renegades for another ten years. As a result of Marv Goldklang’s commitment to providing a quality product to the fans, Dutchess Stadium and Renegades baseball have become an integral part of the County’s diverse parks and recreational offerings that enhances the quality of life for our local families.”
Terms of the new agreement establishes a direct relationship between the Parks Division of County Government with the Hudson Valley Renegades front office. The agreement also provides for the Renegades to organize and run more non-baseball events at the Stadium and the County will share in the financial success of these events.
According to Mr. Goldklang, “This agreement is an important step in our goal to keep the Renegades a vital part of the community at large and it also symbolizes a renewed commitment by all parties involved to secure a strong future for not only the home of the Renegades but our fans as well.”
The contract is structured to cover all County costs with the exception of the original bond costs that helped pay to build the park. That bond will be paid off within 14 months of the beginning of the new contract. Major enhancements are planned for the stadium and they will be covered in the lease agreement. Key items include field renovations, fencing, drainage, roofing and signage.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “Dutchess Stadium is a great meeting place for thousands of County residents and visitors alike. In addition, the fun and excitement of minor league baseball allows families to go out together for quality and affordable entertainment.”