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Bowman Field naming rights buyer sought

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Mayor Derek Slaughter’s administration wants an agreement with the city for naming rights to Bowman Field.

The proposal is for five years and interested parties are asked to go through the city finance department.

The notice of the proposal to increase city revenue by having a person or business to affix named signage on and around the ballpark owned by the city was listed in a legal advertisement Monday in the Sun-Gazette.

The idea was discussed and not part of this year’s budget because a prior agreement with BB&T Bank expired.

“While I am unaware of any request for proposals or progress related to that item as of this moment, I will look forward to seeing the results” of the request for proposals, said Councilman Adam Yoder.

“Bowman Field naming rights is an item I included in a memorandum to the mayor last month as an item to explore to help generate more revenue for the city,” Yoder added. “With Bowman Field being the site for the annual Little League Classic, this is an opportunity to take advantage of the city’s assets at Bowman Field and maximize our return on this asset when the current naming rights contract expires.”

Council approved a two-year extension with BB&T Bank for $35,000 a year in 2018.

Naming rights as city revenue for the historic ballpark were achieved in 2013.

Then, the agreement was $150,000 over five years, the Sun-Gazette and Minor League Baseball News reported.

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