Schaumburg Flyers Strike Out

Team owner owes village and park district more than $900,000

By Lacey McCraney
|  Friday, Feb 25, 2011  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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The Schaumburg Flyers might not have home field advantage this season.

Cook County Circuit Judge Leonard Murray ruled Thursday the baseball team must vacate Alexian Field, where the team plays home games, by March 6. Murray cited the Flyers' failure to pay more than $900,000 in rent and fees to the village of Schaumburg and the Schaumburg Park District.

Flyers owner Rich Ehrenreich has been trying to sell the team for more than a year, according to the Chicago Tribune. The village and part district were hoping someone would come forward to buy the team so they could recoup some of the Flyers' back dues.

The village now can negotiate with representatives from other existing teams to take over playing on the field.

Village President Al Larson says it's not out of the question to find a buyer in time to open the field in May, but it will be tough.

If a buyer isn't found, the alternative would be to reopen the stadium next season.

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