Management of the Yakima Bears say a former Boise Cascade mill is the perfect spot for a new privately financed ballpark.
The search by the management of the Yakima Bears (short season; Northwest League) for a new ballpark site is now centered on a 211-acre former Boise Cascades mill in the city.
The Bears, who say Yakima County Stadium is too small and doesn't meet MiLB ballpark guidelines, have been focused on new-ballpark sites as well as the potential of renovating Yakima County Stadium. But it sounds like the team is most excited about the mill site, which could be converted to a sports complex that would host high-school and college games in addition to Bears matches. Currently the team is looking at a private financing for a $20-$25 million complex, though some tax incentives may be involved.
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