The folks who manage York's minor-league baseball team are officially the new managers of the city's ice arena.

The York City Council approved a four-year agreement Tuesday with the York Professional Baseball Club, which owns and operates the York Revolution.

The club will begin managing the city-owned York City Ice Arena in September.

In exchange for management services, the city will pay the baseball club about $4,100 per month — which is less than the monthly rate the city pays the company that has managed the arena for about 10 years.

The ice arena has been a drain on the city's budget since the city guaranteed a $7.31 million bond on the new rink in 2001.

The city took over the debt in 2003 after the nonprofit behind the project said it could no longer make payments.

Each year, the city pays about $620,000 toward the debt service on the ice arena.

The arena generates revenue but not nearly enough to cover its operating costs and the annual debt payment. Each year, that leaves about $450,000 for the cash-strapped city to find elsewhere.

Officials have said the Revolution will use its community connections to generate more revenue from the arena through increased advertising, naming rights and sponsorships — ultimately shrinking the city's annual debt-service burden.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.