The Rochester Rhinos’ 2018 season will not happen after the team missed its financial goals, officials announced Thursday.
Earlier this month, Rhinos leaders announced the team would need to raise $1.3 million to make the 2018 season happen. Thursday was the deadline to raise that money, but in a statement, the team announced it would take a one-year hiatus.
The team hoped to raise the funds with ticket sales, sponsorships and a cut of the Hotel Occupancy Tax. But, the city and county made it clear last week they wouldn’t divert any funds from the hotel tax to Capelli Sports Stadium — where the Rhinos play.
In the statement Thursday the Rhinos owner said, “We will continue to work diligently with supporters, the regional business community and government leaders to solidify a foundation for sustained success, including placing Capelli Sport Stadium on equal footing with other facilities in Monroe County and the City of Rochester.”