Several parties interested in bringing baseball back to the Ottawa Stadium have submitted bids to be a long-term tenant at the now-empty facility, the City of Ottawa says.
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Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road.
City councillors voted in June to try once again to gauge interest from potential partners on the project, which they hoped would consist of a professional team affiliated with a Major League Baseball club.
Staff will now begin evaluating the bids and report back to councillors in October, according to a city press release issued Thursday. It did not say exactly how many parties submitted bids or who submitted them, only that it was more than one.
Eligible bidders were required to have previous experience with owning or having interest in a professional minor league baseball team, past connection with renovating a stadium and the blessing of a league to bring the team to Ottawa.
The latest crack at finding a long-term tenant for the space comes after the city spent a year negotiating with three different ownership groups but was unable to come to an agreement with any of them.
The main sticking point, city staff said, was that the bidders wanted to see the municipality contribute more than the $5.7 million it was prepared to commit to renovating the stadium. The bidders thought it should be closer to between $10 million and $30 million.
Staff recommended earlier this year the city redevelop parts of the parking lot at the site, located to the east of downtown, to help pay for the necessary renovations to bring a team back.