The authority and York Revolution are hoping to change that, at least for nonprofit organizations. On Thursday, the authority and York Revolution will unveil a program that will provide York County nonprofit organizations with the opportunity to host a community event at Sovereign Bank Stadium rent-free.
According to Revolution General Manager Matt O'Brien, the program is being introduced to help nonprofits better utilize the stadium.
"Each year, non-Revolution events held at the stadium have grown. But there are still a lot of organizations out there who don't know how to utilize it," O'Brien said.
The authority will unveil the program at two informational meetings scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, July 21, at 2 p.m. Both of the meetings will be held at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The meetings will provide York County nonprofit organizations with the opportunity to learn more about the incentives available to their organizations, including the chance to receive a stadium marketing package worth more than $5,000.
The authority hopes to have at least five nonprofit events held at the stadium by the end of the year, said John Krout, authority chairman.
"The nonprofit will have to fill out an application. A selection process will then occur. The process will select five groups that will receive some financial assistance," Krout said. Each of the groups selected will receive $500 in start-up costs for the event, he said.
In addition, a grand prize winner will receive a stadium marketing package from the Revolution worth more than $5,000, O'Brien said.
"The team will help the nonprofit in promoting and sponsoring the event through in-stadium signage, website advertisements and print materials," O'Brien said.
The authority hopes the program will be a "win-win" for everyone involved, Krout said.
"The hope is for this to be a money-maker for the nonprofits. In addition, it will also bring people and interest to Sovereign Bank Stadium and to the city," he said.
For more information on the program and the press conferences, contact the York County Industrial Development Authority at 757-6832.
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