Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oregon Town To Build Baseball Stadium to Lure Minor League Team

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

A conceptual rendering of the proposed 4,500-seat stadium at the Gordon Faber Recreational Complex, where minor league baseball could debut next summer.
  • Courtesy City of Hilsboro, Ore.
  • A conceptual rendering of the proposed 4,500-seat stadium at the Gordon Faber Recreational Complex, where minor league baseball could debut next summer.

While the Treasure Valley continues to talk about the possibility of building a new multi-sport stadium (but struggles to get beyond the talking stage), another Northwest community is moving forward with its plans to build a new 4,500-seat stadium. Additionally, the community of Hillsboro, Ore., announced on Tuesday that once it cuts the ribbon on its new baseball stadium, it will lure the Yakima Bears away from its Washington state home.

The Oregonian reports that the Bears and the Northwest Baseball League agreed to terms that will move the team to Hillsboro, Oregon's fifth-largest city on the west side of the Portland metro area.

Hillsboro's stadium is expected to cost $13-$15 million and will be funded through city-backed bonds, known as "full faith and credit bonds."

In addition to the Yakima Bears, the Northwest League comprises teams from Boise, Eugene, Everett, Salem-Keizer, Spokane, Tri-City and Vancouver.

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