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New ballpark plans unveiled for Portland

Efforts to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland in the US state of Oregon have been given a boost after a stadium site was selected.

The ballpark would be built at Terminal 2, the expansive marine cargo site in an industrial district northwest of the Fremont Bridge.

The group backing the plans released sketches showing a ballpark with a retractable roof and a gondola reminiscent of the Portland Aerial Tram.

Craig Cheek, the Portland Diamond Project’s president could cost more than $1 billion to build the park, and $1 billion more to acquire a franchise.

Populous  and TVA Architects have drawn up the plans which show a stadium with views of Mount Hood, the Willamette River and the Fremont Bridge. Cheek said:

We want this to be the next best ballpark, the one that everyone is talking about. We think there’s so much about Portland that’s really showcased in this ballpark.

He said the group is considering pursuing a LEED Platinum certification, a recognition of sustainable building practices, energy efficiency and water use that no other ballpark has achieved.