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Portland Businesses Lament Loss of Pirates
09/27/2013 09:16 AM ET  

Management at restaurants and bars near the Cumberland Community Civic Center say the decision by the Portland Pirates to play home games in Lewiston this season means a huge financial hit.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The minor league team announced Thursday that it had failed to resolve a lease dispute with arena management and would play its entire home schedule 40 miles north.

Rob Kolodzej, general manager of Binga's Stadium across the street from the Portland arena, says the move "is definitely going to hit us in the pocketbook.''

Mike Fullerton, manager of Rivalries, tell the Portland Press Herald nights of Pirates games have been among the bar's busiest times.

A 2010 study showed that losing Pirates' games for a season would cost the local economy about $5.7 million.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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