Welcome to the second edition of “Portland, Play Ball!”, an e-newsletter brought to you by the Oregon Stadium Campaign. The exciting beginning of the baseball season – including the 12-1 start by the San Francisco Giants and the 10-1 run of the Kansas City Royals – is mirrored by exciting developments and growing support for Major League Baseball in Portland. Here’s the latest…
MLB Supporters Heard in Salem
Several hundred MLB supporters have contacted legislators in Salem to encourage support of HB 3606, dubbed the MLB Jobs Bill, which would generate approximately $150 million in funding for a new baseball stadium in Portland. The contacts have come by email, phone and through letters and postcards. An initial hearing took place last week in the House of Representatives, with a full debate and vote expected before the end of the month. Representative Vic Backlund supports the jobs and economic growth aspects of the bill. “It’s going to earn more general fund moneys,” said Backlund.
Oregon Stadium Campaign leader David Kahn is enthusiastic about the bill’s fate. “I’ve heard very positive feedback in the House of Representatives,” said Kahn. “We’re taking this one vote at a time. As soon as HB 3606 passes in the House, we will work to build the same strong support in the Senate.”
Baseball Will Generate Thousands of Jobs
An economic impact study completed by University of Oregon economics professor Larry Singell projects that construction of a MLB ballpark in Portland will create more than 1,500 full-time construction jobs, and will indirectly create 1,800 additional jobs. Singell’s assessment is consistent with estimates by Turner Construction, the nation’s largest sports facility builder, which estimates that 1,300 to 1,600 construction-related jobs will be created through the construction of a stadium in Portland.
Oregonians Hear About MLB Over the Airwaves, On the Web
The Oregon Stadium Campaign is taking its message to Oregonians over the airwaves and on the web. Starting three weeks ago, television and radio ads started airing on stations in the Portland metro area. The OSC website, which debuted on March 3, has experienced tremendous activity. The site had more than 110,000 page views during the month of March, and continues to see a steady influx of new visitors.
Take Your Swings – Join Oregon Stadium Campaign Supporters at Pumpkin Ridge
On May 22, hundreds of MLB supporters in Oregon will take their swings – golf swings that is – at the Oregon Stadium Campaign Celebrity Golf Tournament. The shotgun scramble starts at 1:45 p.m. at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and will be followed by a banquet, auction and awards ceremony. Celebrity golfers include White Sox and Orioles great Pete Ward; St. Louis and Arizona Cardinals All-Pro Quarterback Neil Lomax; former Trail Blazers Bobby Gross, Jerome Kersey and Nick Jones and 1962 Heisman Trophy Winner Terry Baker.