NASHUA — With baseball season about to get underway, city officials this week approved an agreement with the new owner of the Nashua Silver Knights.
John Creedon Jr. has purchased the collegiate baseball league franchise, and has agreed to pay the city $1,000 per game to use Holman Stadium, for an estimated $28,000 per year.
“The new owners have come in and showed a lot of enthusiasm for the team and for the ability to have quality baseball at Holman Stadium,” said Mayor Jim Donchess.
As the owner of the Worcester, Mass., Bravehearts baseball team, Creedon is already familiar with the baseball league, Donchess said.
He said Creedon held a reception for fans at Holman Stadium last week, which was very well received.
“The fans are very enthusiastic about the change. I do believe they will bring energy,” Donchess said of Creedon, who purchased the franchise from Drew Weber.
“I think this is a very positive change for the city,” the mayor said.
On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen approved a concession agreement for the use of Holman Stadium by Granite Diamond LLC, an entity that was formed to operate the collegiate baseball league team and has entered into an agreement with Nashua Collegiate Baseball to purchase its Nashua franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.
The two-year agreement ends on Dec. 31, 2020, but provides five additional, one-year lease options.
“This concession agreement will generate approximately $28,000 in game fees for the use of Holman Stadium per baseball season. The city will also receive 40 percent of net profits of concession sales from city, non-league games and sponsored events,” states the agreement.
Although there are an estimated 28 games per season, there is the potential for additional playoff games, according to the agreement.
Donchess said the new owner is planning to offer quality concession food at the games, and is considering a deal where patrons can purchase an all-you-can-eat option during the games.