The Joliet Slammers’ lease on Route 66 Stadium expires at the end of this season. They are currently competing in the Frontier League Championship, hoping to bring home a title to Joliet. Unfortunately, these could be their last games in town.
As of right now, the Joliet City Council is set to vote on a lease for the stadium this upcoming Tuesday.
Last season the Slammers agreed to a last minute one-year lease, which was partly due to the installation of the new artificial turf. According to The Herald News, Slammers owner Nick Semaca will not settle for a short lease again. He said he wants at least a five-year lease so the team can grow the business and plan for the future.
The main concern for the city council is the amount of revenue the team generates. The team is having a successful season. They are in the Frontier League Championship but still cannot get anyone to attend the games. There was a point when the Slammers were in first place and their attendance was the lowest in the league.
There are definitely some talks that have to take place and by Tuesday, the Slammers should know whether they will be competing in Joliet Next spring or taking their club to a new town.
Route 66 Stadium is also home to The University of St. Francis Fighting Saints. The college team could be sharing the field with a new franchise next season or possibly have the field to themselves.