MLB to Portland? It’s definitely possible

People can support the idea at MLB2Portland.com

A rendering of a proposed 31,000 seat baseball stadium for Portland (Courtesy to GameOn)
A rendering of a proposed 31,000 seat baseball stadium for Portland (Courtesy to GameOn)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For 20 years, Dr. Lynn Lashbrook has touted the idea of expanding or relocating a Major League Baseball team to Portland. And he’s got the blueprints to back up his idea.

Seattle Mariners' Austin Jackson, right, slides under the tag from Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham as he steals second base during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
Seattle Mariners’ Austin Jackson, right, slides under the tag from Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham as he steals second base during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Lashbrook, the president of Sports Management Worldwide, told KOIN 6 News the two teams most often mentioned in a relocation plan are the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s.

His group brought in consultants to look at their blueprints for a stadium that, he said, would be funded largely by private investment. He rejects the idea there’s not enough people in the area to support a team.

The state-of-the-art stadium plan seats 31,000 people, and “we have 4 million” in state. “I will guarantee you we will have 30,000 fans” in the stadium, he said.

Fans who spoke with KOIN 6 News were largely receptive to the idea, although one man said he didn’t think the fan base was big enough and that no public money should be used.

Other fans said they’d like to see an NHL team in Portland.

Want to see a team in Portland? Go to MLB2Portland.com

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