Back in 2003, when the Montreal Expos were looking to relocation, Portland, Oregon was a city looking to get in on the action before the team ultimately wound up in Washington D.C. as the Washington Nationals. Since then, the city has been continuing to look at adding another professional sports team to a city that’s only major tenant is the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.
A story from the Portland Tribune on Tuesday takes a look at where a MLB ballpark could fit in in downtown Portland, and the potential costs to bring a team to the Rose City. Another story from the same day looks at where a team could play for a couple of seasons as a new stadium is built.
While the article touches on the Tampa Bay Rays as a possible tenant, it really focuses on why the Oakland Athletics should be the team brought to town. It would keep the team on the west coast to avoid realignment, and could bring a new major rival to Seattle.
This talk all stems from the fact that Oakland’s lease at the O.co Coliseum expires after next season, and the future of the team’s playing situation is still very much up in the air. Will they stay at the Coliseum? Build a new stadium in San Jose? Move hundreds of miles away to a new city? No one knows, obviously.
Of course the city would still need to find an owner who would move them to Portland as well as a way to fund a new stadium. So, while the talk of bring the A’s to Portland is there, the likelihood of it happening anytime soon, if at all, is slim to none.
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