About three years ago, it “made news,” given the heavy investment of local taxpayers via a SPLOST for major improvements to the facility, that Shorter, a private entity, was paying $2,500 rent per football game there while it was costing the authority $5,000 per game to cover all associated expenses of staffing, lights, water, maintenance, cleanup and so forth. The rent was then increased to $5,000, same as what Rome High currently pays.
Now the set game fee for Shorter goes to $7,500 (with different events having other price tags) which assures the school of its top-caliber “home field” for three years and the authority of a known and strong income base for the same length of time.
Both badly needed such terra firma beneath their ambitions and plans. Both sides win. That is the way to play the game of “one hand rubs the other.”