As negotiations continue to complete the sale of the Akron Aeros Mayor Don Plusquellic says the city is looking into the possibility of making improvements to 15-year old Canal Park to keep the team here under a new owner.Plusquellic tells AkronNewsNow " We had this opportunity to sit down and discuss with the new owner the potential for extending that lease, and that's what we think is important for the citizens of Akron to continue to be able to have an additional place to go and enjoy themselves an evening in the summer."
Plusquellic says keeping the Aeros in Akron at Canal Park is also important to downtown Akrons' economy. " It brings people down, it helps the restaurants and other businesses downtown, so we're really ecstatic about the opportunity to extend the lease with an owner who is going to make a commitment to be here."
Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville says city officials are looking at updates and improvements to Canal Park. " We picked up a lot of ideas that we think would work here to make it more friendly, and opportunity for people and their families to come down and enjoy the whole day at the baseball field.," says Sommerville.
The current lease with the Aeros expires in five years. Negotiations between current owner Mike Agganis and the new owner are continuing.
Both sides are not revealing who the new owner will be but the Beacon Journal reports the name of Ken Babby has surfaced. The 32-year old Babby is founder and CEO of Fast Forward Sports Group LLC of Cleveland and Akron.
The sale of the Aeros will have to be approved by the Eastern League and Major League baseball.
The Akron Aeros are coming off another winning season, compiling an 82-59 regular season record and winning another Eastern League championship.