Owner said Blaze to remain in Bakersfield through 2014; Rumors to move to North Carolina

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Blaze representatives said Tuesday that the team will be staying in Bakersfield through 2014.

According to WCIT News Channel 12, Kinston, North Carolina is seeking a team to move in to their empty stadium.

The Blaze confirmed to 23ABC that the team will remain in Bakersfield through the 2014 season.

The team's contract with Sam Lynn stadium expires February 28, 2014. After that date, the team can use the the ballpark month to month. The 2014 season begins April 3.

Kinston was once home to the Kinston Indians minor league baseball team. The Indians moved in 2011.

The California League said Tuesday that Sam Lynn Stadium is not a long-term solution for the Blaze, but said Tuesday that the team will not move before the 2014 season. 

D.G. Elmore of Elmore Sports Group reclaimed ownership of the team last week.

Previous owners Chad Hathway and Gene Voiland purchased the the team in 2012 and recently announced that fundraising for a new stadium was unsuccessful.

As part of the 2012 deal, Elmore was allowed to reclaim ownership if a stadium deal fell through.

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