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Explore Tualatin Valley Announces $2 Million Strategic Investment for Construction of a New, Year-Round Ballpark in Hillsboro

BEAVERTON, Ore. (Mar. 8, 2024) – Explore Tualatin Valley (ETV) announced today that it is awarding a $2 million strategic investment for the construction of a new ballpark in Hillsboro. ETV, formerly known as the Washington County Visitors Association, is a destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting Washington County, Oregon, as a tourism destination. ETV is funded solely by transient lodging taxes collected by hotels in the county.

“Explore Tualatin Valley’s $2 million strategic investment in the construction of a new, year-round baseball stadium exemplifies our commitment to fostering destination development and economic growth,” said Dave Parulo, president and CEO of Explore Tualatin Valley. “This landmark partnership not only enhances our region’s sports infrastructure but also solidifies Tualatin Valley as a premier destination for sports and entertainment enthusiasts and families alike.”

On March 7, the Oregon State Legislature approved the final $15 million to fully fund the construction of a new city-owned ballpark, which will be the new home to the Hillsboro Hops, a High-A, minor league team affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Explore Tualatin Valley’s $2 million strategic investment, along with the $18 million investment from the City of Hillsboro, $8 million from Washington County, $82 million in private funding and the $15 million approved by the Oregon State Legislature, is expected to cover the cost of the project. 

Once completed, the new ballpark will be a year-round outdoor entertainment venue designed to accommodate 6,000 people for baseball and up to 7,000 for concerts and other events. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with the project expected to be completed prior to the 2026 Hops baseball season.

Read the official press release from the Hillsboro Hops.  Read more about the project at milb.com 

Explore Tualatin Valley (formerly known as Washington County Visitors Association) is a destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting Washington County, Oregon, as an exceptional travel and tourism destination. With a mission to inspire exploration and celebrate the unique offerings of the region, Explore Tualatin Valley collaborates with local businesses and community partners to highlight the diverse attractions, experiences, and cultural richness that the destination has to offer. From lush landscapes and award-winning wineries and breweries to outdoor adventures and vibrant cultural festivals, Explore Tualatin Valley plays a pivotal role in showcasing the area’s treasures to both visitors and residents. For more information about Explore Tualatin Valley, visit tualatinvalley.org.