The Fresno Grizzlies baseball team announced a high profile purchase, this time not for a player, but for a parking lot.
The $1.9 million deal from the City of Fresno for the 535-stall space on H Street between Kern and Mono is expected to close by the end of December, according to Grizzlies’ President Derek Franks.
Security is the first thing the team has in mind, Franks said. They plan a perimeter fence and are exploring lighting improvements and cameras for security.
“Fans and our community should look at the new Grizzlies ownership and say this is another sign they are fully invested in the city of Fresno,” Franks said.
Council members voted unanimously Nov. 8 to approve the sale to the team. Funds will be used to increase the number of 911 dispatchers for the City.
For the immediate future, revenue won’t change much for the team. Most parking is limited to game days and previous deals with the city had money from parking going to the team. Franks said that unless events in the future call for the usage of the lot, the team isn’t looking at the purchase being a source of additional revenue. Instead, he said, it’s aimed at fans and season ticket holders.
“[The purchase] gives us control so we can make a better experience,” Franks said.