It appears that the Single-A Yakima (WA) Bears will not be playing markets off against each other in the club’s search for a new ballpark. Team officials are expected to sign an agreement to negotiate exclusively with Vancouver (WA), a city of 165,809 that sits just across the mighty Columbia River from teamless Portland (OR). The penalty for cheating on Vancouver: $250,000.
For those potential owners interested in the Yakima market, the Bears pay nearly $48,000 per year to use Yakima County Stadium, which comes from a lease payment and concessions revenue the team shares with the Yakima County Fair Board. The board also charges $5 for parking. here and here.