Hillsboro Ballpark becomes 'Ron Tonkin Field' after the city inks a 10-year naming agreement

The City of Hillsboro has reached a naming rights agreement with the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships to rename Hillsboro Ballpark in honor of Ron Tonkin. The Hillsboro Ballpark is now Ron Tonkin Field.

Near home plate, Ed and Brad Tonkin, family spokesmen and Hops executive vice president K.L. Wombacher stood beside Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey as he made the announcement last month.

“The City of Hillsboro is delighted that we have reached a 10-year agreement with the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships to rename Hillsboro Ballpark ‘Ron Tonkin Field,’” Willey said. “We’re very proud of our ballpark and excited to have the Tonkin family become part of our family.”

In a touching tribute to their father, the Tonkins reminisced and shared why the naming of the ballpark is important to their family.

“My family’s love of baseball was influenced by our dad,” said Ed Tonkin. “He loved baseball and often spoke of growing up watching baseball as a kid on Vaughan Street. The thought of losing the Portland Beavers and losing baseball in Portland in the early ‘80s troubled him so much he got a group together to buy the Beavers to keep baseball in our city.

“Naming this field in his honor is really a tribute to him and to all of the great times our family shared at the ballpark. My hope is that generations of area families can continue to keep catching fly balls, eating too many hot dogs and making wonderful family memories like we did.”

Wombacher said he was pleased that the Hops could find a partner with a passion for local baseball and such deep roots in the community.

“As with any naming rights partner, it’s important to find an authentic fit,” Wombacher said. “We feel we have done that with the Tonkin family. Ed and Brad Tonkin are first class individuals and we are excited to work with them to create a lasting legacy for their father Ron, who had a passion for both our community and baseball.”

The 10-year naming rights agreement is between the City of Hillsboro and the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships. In the agreement, the city will be paid $150,000 per year.

In exchange, a new illuminated sign will be affixed to the roof of the ballpark and the scoreboard will be updated, as well as directional signage throughout Hillsboro.

The physical transformation of the renamed ballpark will begin immediately so it’s ready for the Hillsboro Hops’ opening day against Salem-Keizer on Wednesday, June 18.

Earlier this spring, the Hops announced that they were extending their affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks through the 2016 season.

“We are extremely proud of our Diamondbacks affiliation,” Wombacher said. “Since our affiliation began in 2001, we’ve had 32 players make the big leagues and many more that will be making their debuts soon.”

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