Sports Management Group to lease Smith Wills Stadium for 20 years

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Good news for the City of Jackson. The city is about to save more than $100,000 a year on maintenance for Smith Wills stadium on Lakeland Drive.

The council has approved entering into a lease agreement with Kusche (Kush) Sports Group, the same group that built Trustmark Park, and manages MGM Park, home to the double-A Milwaukee Brewers affiliate in Biloxi. The lease is for 20 years, with two ten-year optional renewals.

Beginning in October 2020, the management company will rent the stadium for $125,000 dollars pear year, and the City will also get a percentage of the sales revenue. We’ve learned from city documents that the company plans to invest at least $6 million to make improvements to attract championship baseball tournaments, and high school and college baseball games.

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