The O’Fallon City Council voted at its Sept. 26 meeting to approve a lease with O’Fallon Baseball Associates, LLC, to place a new baseball team at CarShield Field for the 2020 season. A press conference was held on Sept. 27 to introduce O’Fallon Baseball Associates to the community. The new ownership group also will be responsible for the stadium’s daily management and operations.
The lease will span five years, starting Jan. 1, 2020 and ending Dec. 31, 2024. The agreement also includes a specified annual rent of $125,000, plus a minimum of $10,000 in stadium naming rights revenue for O’Fallon. According to the lease, the stadium’s current naming rights agreement will expire alongside the tenancy of the River City Rascals.
“When the Rascals elected to cease operations at the conclusion of this just-completed season, we were ready, willing and able to make O’Fallon our newest home,” Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien said in an official release. “I cannot thank Mayor Hennessy, the City Council, Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Springer and her amazing committee enough for the time, effort, co-operation and energy they all have shown through this process. They have been wonderful to work with. CarShield Field will now be the home to exciting summer collegiate baseball!”
The new team, which will relocate O’Fallon from Hannibal, Missouri, will play in the Prospect League, a summer collegiate wood-bat league that provides eligible college players experience using a wood bat with the added benefit of exposure to Major League Baseball scouts.
The Prospect League was one of two entities to submit an RFP in spring of 2018 before undergoing a series of discussions and negotiations with city officials and staff members. As of 2019, the league has 12 teams across Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Illinois and Missouri.
Richard DeStefane, owner and president of Reliant Care Group, LLC, is set to be the primary owner of the O’Fallon Prospect League team. He also owns the Hannibal Hoots, also of the Prospect League.
“We are grateful to Mayor Bill Hennessy and the O’Fallon City Council for welcoming us to O’Fallon,” DeStefane said in an official release. “O’Fallon is an ideal location for the Prospect League and our organization, and we look forward to meeting the residents and business community. We are committed to putting a great product on the field, and more importantly, becoming an integral part of the city and all of St. Charles County.”
O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy said that the city was extremely excited to welcome the Prospect League.
“When we looked at the potential tenants for CarShield Field, we knew we wanted to find an ownership group that was committed to family-friendly fun and who will invest in marketing the team and the stadium as a destination,” Hennessy said in an official release. “The stadium is a true jewel in our city, and we are excited to have great baseball in there for years to come.”