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Friday, November 30, 2018

Portland Diamond Project announces plan to build MLB stadium at Terminal 2 site

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Diamond Project announced Thursday afternoon that they’ve signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the 45-acre Terminal 2 property for a “state-of-the art ballpark,” a major step in their effort to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland.

The group also released artist renderings for the stadium, which features a retractable roof, gondola suite, and centerfield and home-plate plazas, among other features. The capacity of the ballpark would be between 32,000 and 34,000, according to John McIsaac, a spokesman for Portland Diamond Project.

McIsaac said the group has talked with MLB and he said they “love” the announcement. Portland Diamond Project is targeting 2022 for first pitch. McIsaac said he believes if the group has a stadium, Portland will get a team one way or another.

In case you’ve been wondering how MLB clubs will extort your hometown for paying up the nose for a stadium, look no further.

QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, portland

Friday, September 21, 2018

Alex Cora Laments Demolition of Caguas Criollos P.R. Stadium Post-Maria

Solá Morales, home for nearly seven decades to the Criollos—one of Puerto Rico’s most storied winter league franchise that rostered more than a dozen MLB Hall of Famers—was among the island’s most damaged sports facilities in the wake of devastating Hurricane Maria, to the point where government officials deemed the stadium unusable. The venue turns 70 on Nov. 7. But celebrations and baseball games will instead give way to padlocks and rubble, as dozens of trucks employed by a company have been taking over the site and working to re-establish power lines to affected areas.

Caguas mayor William Miranda Torres announced a few weeks ago that because of the high cost of repairs, the damaged stadium will instead be demolished to make room for housing and commercial developments. A new, smaller stadium will be built on the city’s east side to house the Criollos.

Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, hurricanes, puerto rico, stadium issues

 

 

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