Rhinos Deal Gets Green Light From Rochester City Council

Rhinos Deal Gets Green Light From Rochester City Council


By Jordan Mazza

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A local couple trying to buy the Rochester Rhinos has been given the go-ahead by Rochester City Council.

Council on Tuesday approved a lease agreement for Sahlen’s Stadium between the city and David and Wendy Dworkin. The agreement is still dependent on the sale of the team.

“We love Rochester,” Wendy Dworkin said.  “We love sports.  And it’s just a great community asset that we want to restore and make it the best it can possibly be.”

The Dworkins are the principal owners of a Rochester-based property development company, and also a stakeholder in the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

City council says it doesn’t expect the Dworkins to run into the same financial issues that plagued the previous owner.

“We believe based on the vetting that’s been done, that they’re solid, and they have the capacity to carry out the terms of the agreement,” City Council President Loretta Scott said.

As part of the agreement, the turf at the stadium would get replaced at no expense to the city, as well as additional improvements to the stadium.

The United Soccer League took control of the Rhinos’ from the teams previous owners shortly after the new year.

“Rochester’s one of the most storied franchises in U.S. soccer history,” USL Chief Marketing Officer Tom Veit said.  “So we wanted to find a local ownership group and someone that was wanting to keep the team here in Rochester, and really enhance the fan experience.”

Operations of the stadium would begin February 1.

“We’re building on a championship team, and we’re confident that we’re going to get it back to when we had ten thousand fans in the stands,” said David Dworkin.  “We’re excited, very excited.”

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