The City of Escondido has become another leading candidate to host the San Diego Padres Triple-A minor league team. Originally, the leading candidate for the new home of the Portland Beavers was with California State San Marcos.
The proposed site in Escondido is an old industrial park south of highway 78 and just east of Interstate 15, near Escondido’s main swap meet. As of last week Carlsbad has essentially dropped out of the race, leaving Escondido and California State San Marcos the only viable candidates left in the race.
While both sites for the new minor league team needing a new stadium to be built it is a question of how much both cities are willing to put towards the cost of building the stadium. Furthermore, the more ideal spot for a minor league team will also weigh heavily on the Padres decision to relocate the Portland Beavers.
A new stadium could cost as much as $35 million; leading most people to believe that the city that is chosen will have to cover at least some of the costs of construction. Yet there are advantages for building a stadium for a sports team. For instance, a new baseball team will create more opportunity for local job growth and revitalization of the local community. Petco Park downtown is a perfect example of that.
Although there is no offical report on the projected income advantages to moving the Portland Beavers to North County, according to what Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips told the North County Times the new ballpark could help create $350,000 a year and help local businesses income in the immediate Escondido area. One can guess that then numbers will be similar in San Marcos as the numbers are in Escondido.
With the potential income benefits for either San Marcos or Escondido is a definite plus there is always the problem of location. Will the location at Cal State San Marcos be better for a new stadium or will Escondido be a better choice.
As the challenges for a new stadium, and a new minor league team, between California State San Marcos and the City of Escondido heat up the whole deal depends on whether or not the Padres will be able to buy full stock in their minor league teams. Buying up their affiliate minor league team will allow the Padres to relocate them to North San Diego County.
If the San Diego Padres buy outright their Triple-A team, the Portland Beavers, they will move them to Lake Elsinore until the new stadium is built. Depending on the timing and what city in North County is finally chosen it could take between one year and three years before the stadium is built.
More information also with our San Diego Sports Examiner: Gerald Nicdao