The Fielders are trying to get the city of Zion to build them a new stadium. KENOSHA ? The possibility of the Lake County Fielders staying in Zion, Ill., is still in play, but team officials believe they will hit the road if an agreement with the city is not worked out soon. The team, which started playing in Zion last year, finished a tumultuous baseball season last month. The team started its season with a 32-game road trip, including a trip to Hawaii, while waiting for a permanent stadium to be built in Zion. Upon its return, the team continued to play in the small Zion stadium as the previous year. Over the course of the season, financial difficulties became public, and the roster and coaching staff were overhauled. The North American Baseball League threatened to drop the team for not making a second trip to Hawaii in August. The team ended its season in mid-September by playing 17 games against the Kenosha Kings. ?At the very least, we can say that we provided entertainment,? Bernie DiMeo, a spokesman for the Fielders, said of the series. DiMeo said the team drew about 1,100 fans this year, down from about 3,500 last year. DiMeo said the team?s management, headed by lead investor Rich Ehrenreich, is committed to fielding a team next year. But staying in Zion is dependent on the city agreeing to build a new stadium. ?The window is rapidly closing on whether they will be able to stay in Lake County or not,? DiMeo said. ?If there is a permanent stadium, they will be able to play there.? Team owes money Zion officials say the city is owed $185,000 in back pay from the Fielders for use of the stadium at Highway 173 and Green Bay Road. Fielders officials contend that a $7.5 million bond deal approved by the city in March to build a permanent stadium and $1.3 million from the state for assistance in that project have gone unused by the city. They further maintain that without a permanent stadium the team cannot make the profits it was expecting. ?It?s a shame that the city let us down on their end of the deal,? DiMeo said. ?There were tremendous upsides and possibilities. People were expecting more than a temporary stadium, and we were promoting our stadium as more than that.? DiMeo said team officials are considering a lawsuit against the city if a deal cannot be worked out for a permanent stadium. ?We have contracts that said they would build a stadium, and they are not responding to requests for meetings,? DiMeo said. ?We?re getting the impression that they do not want to be bothered.? The city has put the updated back payments owed at $340,000, and officials have indicated they want the Fielders to leave Zion, according to a Chicago Tribune story. Calls to Zion Mayor Lane Harrison were not returned. Carthage not paid DiMeo said he believed most of the team?s debtors have been paid. Carthage College, which hosted 15 games in 2010, has not. Bob Bonn, Carthage athletic director, said the school is owed $7,500. Bonn said many inquiries about the debt have been sent to the team without a response. ?We?re still hopeful we?ll get payments at some point,? Bonn said. ?But we won?t be hosting any Fielders games anytime soon.? DiMeo said the team?s status with the North American Baseball League is still up in the air as well. But no matter where and what league, DiMeo said the team expects to take the field again in 2012. ?There are plenty of options for the Fielders,? DiMeo said.