Beaverton could back new stadium

Beaverton’s mayor says the city could afford to build a new stadium for the Beavers.

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While Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson and city leaders have yet to choose a new home for the team, Mayor Denny Doyle says Beaverton could afford building a new stadium and already has a few locations in mind.

“The whole idea is to make this pencil so that it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money — at the end of 25 years,” said Doyle, who returned Monday night from a European business trip. “And that’s possible. But we’ll see what the numbers are.”

Beaverton’s front-runner status to land the Triple-A baseball team appears to be improving and will become clearer at the end of the week when owner Merritt Paulson and Portland leaders hit their Aug. 1 deadline to find a location.

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