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Escondido City Council OKs Ballpark For Padres' Triple-A Affiliate

The Padres' Triple-A PCL affiliate will play in Escondido, Calif., "beginning in 2013" after the Escondido City Council last night voted 4-1 to "tentatively fund a $50 million ballpark through the sale of redevelopment bonds," according to Breier & Jones of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Though the ownership group led by Padres Vice Chair & CEO Jeff Moorad and the city "can pull out of the deal next year if snags occur, the vote partially commits both sides financially and ethically to building the park," with further votes "scheduled in February and in the summer." Moorad's group "made several concessions in the negotiations." The group "would assume responsibility for all operating and maintenance costs year-round, and has agreed to pay the city $200,000 annually in rent on the ballpark." The group also "agreed to cover any cost overruns above the $40 million committed by the city for ballpark construction" and to "guarantee an additional $5 million for infrastructure costs." Breier & Jones note the team, formerly known as the Portland Beavers, "would move into their new home in 2013 after spending two years" in Tucson, Ariz. The team's new name "has yet to be decided," but Moorad said that he "favors one that includes the word 'Friars' keeping with the Padres theme" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/16). In Arizona, Sarah Trotto reports a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by attorneys for Escondido and Moorad "calls for ground to be broken for the ballpark in Escondido in January 2012 and for it to be ready for opening day in April 2013" (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 12/16).
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