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The Future Of The Yakima Bears And Stadium


While Major League Baseball is underway, we are still a month and a half away from seeing the Yakima Bears take the field. The team is here for another season, but management has made no secret about its intention to get a new stadium. Even if it means leaving Yakima.

It’s home, but KIT news partner KIMA Action News reports it’s not the sweet home the Yakima Bears want. Bids are on the way for the infield with 30 tons of dirt before the season. That’s far short of the work the team says the stadium needs to meet the requirements for minor league baseball.

Where will the Bears be in 2013?

“That’s a good question,” said Yakima Bears General Manager K.L. Wombacher. “At this point, we don’t know. You know, it’s tough to say we’re not gonna be here.”

The Bears saw its dream of a new ballpark on the old Boise Cascade mill site give way to plans for a regional soccer complex. Vancouver, Washington also said no to a new stadium the Bears thought was a done deal. Now, two ballparks in Oregon could be in the works.  Milwaukie and Hillsboro are both considering stadiums. Hillsboro could be ready in time for the 2013 season if it gets the go ahead.

“If they got ’em built, we would take a look at it,” Wombacher said.

Hope is not lost on getting something going in Yakima before the current lease expires in 2015. It depends on how far county commissioners are willing to go to renovate the current stadium to bring it up to standards.

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