Hillsboro set to break ground on baseball stadium

Hillsboro set to break ground on baseball stadium

HILLSBORO, Ore . - The city of Hillsboro is getting closer to hosting Single A baseball.

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Short Season LLC owner Mike McMurray, team manager KL Wombacher, Northwest League President Bob Richmond and director of player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Bell will break ground on the project this Friday, the Portland Business Journal reported.

The event takes place at 11 a.m. at the site of the new stadium, the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex at 4450 N.W. 229th Ave.

The city will apply resources from a recent $3.4 million property sale to help fund the stadium and may tap other reserves as well, including issuing full faith and credit bonds. Revenue from stadium naming rights, and parking and ticket surcharges may also be applied to the cost.

City Finance Director Suzanne Linneen said the total cost is expected to be around $11 million, though it could go slightly higher.

The 4,500-seat stadium will be complete by the start of the 2013 season in June. The team — which moved from Yakima — has still not been named. It will be affiliated with Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

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