Rochester Rhinos owners ordered to vacate Capelli Sport Stadium

January 24, 2018 06:16 AM

The owners of the Rochester Rhinos received a letter from the City of Rochester, ordering them to vacate Capelli Sport Stadium.

City of Rochester Communications Director James Smith confirmed the letter to News10NBC late Tuesday night.


Smith confirmed the letter, dated Jan. 19, states that the decision by David and Wendy Dworkin to not field a team in the USL in the upcoming 2018 season leaves them in default of their lease as Capelli Sport Stadium operators.

The letter included a Feb. 28 deadline for the Dworkins to vacate the stadium.

In November, the Dworkins called on more support from the City of Rochester and Monroe County to keep the Rochester Rhinos in operation for the 2018 season. Both city and county governments denied extra aid and said they fulfilled their requirements to the team. 

The team also called on more season ticket purchases by fans and more corporate sponsorships from local businesses to keep the team operational. Fan and corporate support fell short of the owner’s goals and a November deadline.

Rhinos’ co-owner Wendy Dworkin also confirmed the news, and sent the following statement:

“We, as well as the USL, believe we have met and continue to meet our obligations under the lease. We will be responding to the City of Rochester via our attorneys as this is now a legal matter.”


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