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Armada FC to play games at Baseball Grounds

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The Jacksonville Armada Football Club will have a home for its first three years of play beginning next year.

The team and city have come to terms for the North American Soccer League team to play its first three years of home games at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The city-owned facility is home of the Jacksonville Suns, a minor league affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

The announcement was made at a Friday morning news conference featuring Mayor Alvin Brown, Armada owner Mark Frisch and Suns owner Peter Bragan Jr.

The extent of the overlap between the soccer and baseball seasons hasnít been fully determined, nor has a finalized agreement of how revenue will be shared.

The item will fall under the cityís Sports and Entertainment Office budgetís, with an amount not to exceed $700,000. Anything over that would be covered by the soccer club.

In addition, the soccer club will pay an annual lease of $10,000.

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