Missoula council signs off on Ogren Park lease change

Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 16:37:05-04

MISSOULA – The Missoula City Council is signing off on that agreement which should bring more concerts to Ogren Park Allegiance Field, and help the Missoula Osprey with their lease at the same time.

In recent years, city officials say the Missoula Osprey have been challenged with the $120,000-per-year lease for the ballpark, with the money helping to pay for the stadium’s original construction costs and maintenance.

Now, a new deal is designed to help the ball club, but also bring more concerts and community events to the studium.

On Wednesday, a council committee approved the deal with Logjam Presents which will allow promoter Nick Checota to bring outdoor concerts to the stadium, with the Osprey lease payments being cut by more than half.

Under the change, Logjam will pay up to $70,000-per-year to bring as many as eight outdoor concerts to the park, starting next year. A portion of these ticket sales will also go toward establishing a maintenance fund for the stadium, which the city has wanted to have in place for several years.