City responds after ordering Rhinos out of stadium

January 24, 2018 12:27 PM

The City of Rochester is now answering questions after telling the Rochester Rhinos they have to leave Capelli Sport Stadium, and their lease has been terminated. 

As News10NBC reported Tuesday, the team's owners got a letter from the city with the demand, dated Jan. 19. 


The move comes in light of the Rhino's owners deciding to skip the 2018 soccer season after failing to raise more than $1 million to save the upcoming season.

The letter states David and Wendy Dworkin's decision to take a hiatus this year and not field a team in the USL leaves them in default of their lease even though the owners still planned to host other USL teams and matches at the stadium this year. 

"We don't know that we'll be able to find a new team, but we're going to find a new use or new owners to put that stadium to use," said Tim Curtin, the city's corporation counsel. "We're just not willing to leave it empty and we're not willing to entertain a lease agreement that has three or four or five unnamed, hypothetical events in the year."

The letter says the Dworkins have until Feb. 28 to vacate the stadium.

The Dworkins are planning to fight back, saying they don't believe they broke their contract. They say will respond to the city through their attorneys.


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