Riggers staying at \'Dome

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks will continue to call the Saddledome home after announcing a new three-year lease yesterday. The National Lacrosse League club, whose two-year deal with the Flames to play out of the building expired in April, had mentioned the possibility of playing elsewhere next year.

Roughnecks team president and majority owner Brad Banister, who looked into the possibility of playing in the Stampede Corral, said the old deal he had with the Flames was expensive and financially constraining.

However, in the end, logistics meant the team had no choice but to stay at the \'Dome, despite not receiving a percentage of parking, concessions and suite revenue it sought.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

\"This was a very significant and time consuming negotiation for the Roughnecks organization,\" said Banister.

\"We are hopeful that this agreement will allow the franchise to become a profitable business venture in the very near future. The tremendous growth in attendance we experienced last season and hope to continue to see this coming seasons makes the Pengrowth Saddledome the only real viable option.\"

The team also unveiled its new ticket-price structure. Air Canada Club seats, which cost $40 last year, have been lowered to $26, while upper-bowl and lower-bowl seats, the latter $30 last year, are now $20.

Tickets for a new family section will sell on a per-game basis for $10.


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