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Beaverton residents split on prospects of new Bevos ballpark

Beaverton residents like the idea of a new ballpark and multipurpose facility, but they're not too thrilled with a move of the Portland Beavers or paying for them.

Beaverton residents expressed lukewarm support for the idea of a new ballpark and multipurpose facility, and they're not too thrilled with a move of the Portland Beavers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) or paying for them.

That information comes from a report commissioned by officials with the Portland suburb, currently posited as the future home of the Bevos. Out of 355 surveyed residents, 68 percent indicated that they were “interested” or “somewhat interested” in a downtown ballpark and multiuse facility — a rather low number given there are no conditions (i.e., funding plan) associated with the polling question. Support for the Beavers moving to down dips to a positive opinion from only 58 percent of the respondents, and only 50 percent were in support of a property-tax hike of $60 annually to pay for the facilities.

There's always opposition like this to funding of sports facilities. What is surprising is the lack of enthusiasm to the proposal in general and doesn't bode too well for the Beavers, who are searching for a new home once PGE Park is converted to a soccer-only facility.

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