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Suns' owner requests extension of lease

December 10, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The owner of the Hagerstown Suns has requested extending its lease for an additional year, meaning the team will remain at its current location for at least two more years.

While the extension was mentioned at Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session, no council action is required.

In March, the city approved a resolution to enter into a new lease agreement that expires Dec. 31, 2004.

The team's owner, Mandalay Sports Entertainment, now wants to exercise an option of the agreement, extending the lease to Dec. 31, 2005.

Kurt Landis, the Suns' general manager, said Tuesday that while the owner would like the Suns to have a new stadium at some point, it is pleased with the present arrangement.

Mandalay Sports Entertainment's purchase agreement with Big Game Maryland LLC for the minor league team that plays at the city-owned Municipal Stadium was announced in December 2002.

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The Suns are a South Atlantic League Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

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