As I wandered through the Bellagio casino trying to find Erik Bedard to no avail (apparently he’s already at the airport headed home after having Dr. Lewis Yocumb do a check up on his shoulder), I did run into Tacoma Rainiers president Aaron Artman, who had just finished a workout.
Of course, I had to ask about the proposed ownership rights swap between the city of Tacoma and Pierce County for Cheney Stadium. Here’s the Dave Wickert-Jason Hagey story from it a week ago.
Artman was just coming off vacation so he didn’t know all that the process entailed, but viewed it as a positive.
“It just makes sense to have one owner,” he said. “There could be some cost-saving aspects that way.”
Artman also thought that the change could expedite the renovation process in the future.
But Cheney will undergo some big renovations before next season. Artman said there will about $2.5 million in renovations to the 48-year-old stadium, with a new LED video board being installed along with a new scoreboard, plus the necessary technology to operate them.