Portland to host 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game

PORTLAND, OR— Representatives from the Portland Beavers, City of Portland and Pacific Coast League came together Tuesday afternoon to announce that PGE Park will play host to the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game.

The Rose City has never hosted a combined Triple-A All-Star Game and has not hosted a PCL All-Star Game in 45 years (1962). The Beavers new owner, Merritt Paulson, along with Portland Mayor Tom Potter and PCL President Branch Rickey III were on hand to make the announcement.

In addition to the All-Star Game there will be a Home Run Derby, All-Star Fan Fest, All-Star Gala, All-Star Luncheon and other events.

"The 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game will be a national showcase for the city of Portland, our rich baseball tradition and our outstanding fans" said Paulson.

Since the renovation of PGE Park in 2001, average attendance for Beaver games has increased each year. When high profile events come to town, PGE Park tends to nearly fill its capacity of 19,566. Exhibition games featuring the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and professional soccer teams have sold out quickly in seasons past. The Triple-A All-Star game will likely follow suit.

"Given the widely known, successful turnaround by the Beavers, both leagues see the 2009 game as an expected shining example of the continued growth of our most glamorous Triple-A game" sad Rickey III.

The game will be played on a yet to be determined date in July 2009.

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