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New Portland Ballpark Renderings Unveiled

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New renderings of a proposed Portland Major League Baseball ballpark have been released by Portland Diamond Project, showing additional details on the facility. 

Portland Diamond Project is the group behind a push to bring an MLB team and facility to the Oregon city, with its pitch centered around a proposed new ballpark and surrounding development at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 2. The vision for that ballpark and surrounding development was unveiled in November, and additional details were showcased in a series of renderings unveiled on Wednesday.

An aerial rendering (shown above) shows how the ballpark would connect to surrounding development. In addition, new design concepts also detail how the ballpark and surrounding amenities would be positioned along the riverfront.

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Details also were released on the interior of the proposed ballpark:

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As part of the original announcement on the ballpark site and designs in November, the Portland Diamond Project revealed that it had an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the 45-acre property. In addition to the ballpark, the overall project would include housing, retail, office space and more, making it a large-scale endeavor.

The Portland Diamond Project has certainly boosted the city’s profile as a potential MLB home, but plenty of work has to be done to make the proposed Portland ballpark a reality. It also remains to be seen how the city would obtain a team. Though expansion certainly looks to be commissioner Rob Manfred’s radar for the future, MLB has not formally announced plans to jump from 30 to 32 teams. The Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays also still have unsettled long-term ballpark situations, and neither franchise has shown signs to this point that it is exploring a move. (The A’s are currently pursuing a new ballpark at Oakland’s Howard Terminal, while the Rays are locked into a lease at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field that runs through 2027.) In any case, look for other cities to enter the mix for an MLB team as well, with Montreal in particular undertaking an aggressive effort.

Founded by retired Nike executive Craig Cheek, the Portland Diamond Project group also features former Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) announcer Mike Barrett. Providing further backing is a long slate of investors headlined by Seattle Seahawks quarterback and former Colorado Rockies farmhand Russell Wilson, along with his wife, the singer and entertainer Ciara.

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