Capital Credit Union Park ticket surcharge exceeds $31,000 in 2021
By Press Times Staff
ASHWAUBENON – A $1 surcharge applied to each ticket sold for events at Capital Credit Union Park in 2021 generated $31,128, Village Manager Joel Gregozeski said.
The yearly report he provided The Press Times states total attendance at Green Bay Booyah games was 50,591, but 19,712 were sponsors, host families and child/player tickets not subject to the surcharge.
When including the third annual Rumble on the Bay, a male/female CrossFit competition, which 249 attended Sept. 11 at Capital Credit Union Park, the report stated $31,128 is due to the village for the ticket surcharge.
Gregozeski said the ticket surcharge payment, which the village receives as part of its current stadium lease agreement with Boomerang Stadium Holdings LLC/Boomerang Baseball LLC, should be received by the end of September.
In 2020, the report states $11,866 was due from ticket sales, $10,902 from Booyah game tickets and $964 from special event tickets.
Capital Credit Union Park opened in 2019 with a lease agreement between the village and Big Top Ashwaubenon LLC/Green Bay Baseball LLC.
Big Top moved the Northwood League’s Green Bay Booyah to Capital Credit Union Park from Joannes Stadium, where the club was known for more than a decade as the Green Bay Bullfrogs, after efforts to build a new facility for the team in the City of Green Bay failed.
The lease at Capital Credit Union Park was changed in July 2020 after the start of the Booyah season was delayed and the stadium’s seating capacity reduced last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected Big Top’s ability to make rental payments.
In addition to extending the lease agreement by three years to make rental payments from 2038 to 2041, a $1 surcharge was added for every ticket sold.
The lease amendment stated the village will receive no rent in 2020 and 2021 when it was supposed to receive $260,000 in each of those two years.
A rent payment of $125,000 is called for in 2022 and then increase by 3% annually for a final rent payment of more than $219,000 in 2041.
Prior to the amendment being approved and a $1 ticket fee added, the lease called for payments of $260,000 in each of the first five years starting in 2019, then increasing to $265,000 in years 6-10 and $270,000 in years 11-20.
The Ashwaubenon Village Board last December approved transferring the lease from Big Top to Boomerang, which now owns the Booyah.
The multi-purpose stadium was built on land just south of the village hall.
It is being paid for with a combination of lease revenue and a ticket sales fee, as well as Tax Incremental Financing revenues from other projects in the village.
Capital Credit Union Park was built to have a capacity of more than 3,000 for athletic events, room for 7,000-plus for concerts and community events and features club and suite space for up to 300 guests.