ROYSE CITY -Looks like Royse City will soon have its own independent professional baseball team and $12 million multi-purpose stadium, where Royse City High School varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will also play home games, beginning in 2018.
An joint announcement was made last week by Mark Shuster, the new president of the new Southwest League of Professional Baseball (SWL), with Ventura Sports Group, Royse City ISD and the City of Royse City.
Royse City’s team will be part of the SWL and will play teams from across the state. The first announced stadium location is in Bellmead, outside of Waco Texas. Royse City was second.
A contest to select the team name was announced by Ventura Sports Group. Visit http://www.tricountyprobaseball.com/ to submit potential team names. The winning submission will be awarded free season tickets for life.
The 4,000 plus seat stadium will be located on the north side of I-30, east of FM 2642. It will feature artificial turf, concert capabilities, locker rooms, umpire facilities, dugouts, bullpens and luxury suites.
Royse City ISD entered a 15-year lease to play all home games in the stadium, or a minimum of 16 events annually for an investment of $24,000. The district will retain ticket and merchandise sales.
As part of the stadium deal with Ventura Sports Group, RCISD will retain all ticket and merchandise revenues. The district’s total contracted investment over the life of the 15-year term is $360,000. In addition, the establishment of the stadium will boost tax revenue for RCISD by about $176,000 annually. The revenue and savings will allow Royse City ISD to explore opportunities to enhance other facilities in the district, specifically the softball complex.
“We are thrilled for our students to have the opportunity to enjoy their sport in a professional baseball environment. From a taxpayer standpoint, this is a very smart move for Royse City ISD,” said RCISD superintendent Kevin Worthy. “The district stands to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in turf, maintenance and utilities as part of this deal. We are so thankful for Royse City and their foresight and determination to make this a reality for our kids and our community.”