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RoughRiders staying in Cedar Rapids with new lease

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The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and the City of Cedar Rapids have iced a deal to keep the team in town for at least 15 years.

The hockey team says a deal was struck through a new lease agreement, and that a built-in extension for an additional 20 years beyond the initial 15-year window has been included if certain improvements are made to the arena. Those improvements would entail the RoughRiders investing at least $1 million in upgrades into the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, which the team affectionately refers to as "The Stable."

The City of Cedar Rapids will also add a concession stand and party decks, and will replace the seating in the arena as part of the new deal.

RoughRiders Co-President Doug Miller says the team's legacy will now continue to grow for decades to come. "We are already making plans for improvements across the board to create an even better experience for the fans, sponsors and players here in Cedar Rapids,” said Miller.

The RoughRiders were founded in 1999 and represent Cedar Rapids in the United States Hockey League as a Tier 1 junior team.

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