Might the A’s move to Portland?

January 23, 2014

Seattle Mariners lack a rival in the northwest. Might that change soon? Portland leaders hope to move Oakland Athletics to Portland.

Experts and leaders in Portland, Oregon, are working to make their city an attractive landing spot for the Oakland Athletics, whose future is up in the air in Oakland.

Involved in the talks are Lynn Lashbrook of Sports Management Worldwide and architect Barry Smith. They envision a riverside ballpark next to the Rose Garden, home of the NBA franchise the Portland Trailblazers. They think they could have a stadium ready within a few years.

In the meantime, one idea leaders have is to expand the nearby Class-A minor league team Hillsboro Hop’s stadium to 20,000 seats to serve as a temporary home, until a permanent stadium could be built in Portland.

Project consultant Larry D’Amato told the Tribune, “The A’s are displaced (at the Oakland Coliseum). They’re going to have to go some place. This is an ideal situation, at least for three years, as a temporary fix until the ballpark is built in Portland.”

The A’s are displaced (at the Oakland Coliseum). They’re going to have to go some place. This is an ideal situation, at least for three years, as a temporary fix until the ballpark is built in Portland.

Portland backers 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 and mayor Charlie Hales.

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

Source

Eaton, N. A rival for the Seattle Mariners? Portland eyeing Oakland A’s for possible relocation. Seattle PI, 2014.

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