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Friday, January 24, 2014

Portland ready, willing and hoping for baseball

Portland doesn’t have a big league baseball team.

However, there is a growing effort to bring a franchise to the city. And Portland has something other cities lack.

Portland’s backers of baseball have the blueprint for a state-of-the-art baseball-only stadium, which would have a retractable roof and seat 35,000. They have community support, including that of the current city administration. A site, endorsed by mayor Charlie Hales, has been chosen, next to Memorial Coliseum and the new Rose Garden, home of the NBA’s Trailblazers.

“We have the land and the infrastructure,” said architect Barry Smith.

The supporters believe they can find an ownership group, possibly a major Japanese firm, along the lines of Nintendo, which owns the Seattle Mariners.

All the folks in Portland need is a team.

Land and infrastructure? Why that’s practically a team!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 09:52 PM | 56 comment(s)
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