Russell Wilson, Ciara join Diamond Project's push for MLB franchise
Seattle Seahawk QB Russell Wilson and Grammy winner Ciara have joined the effort to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland.
Wilson and Ciara announced their investment Friday, June 1. They are co-owners/investors with the Portland Diamond Project, which hopes to build a new baseball park in Portland to attract a MLB franchise.
"We believe Portland is the next great Major League Baseball city, and that's why Ciara and I are excited to announce we are a part of the Portland Diamond Project," Russell Wilson said. "It is time for MLB in Portland."
"Athletics has always been important to me. As a young girl growing up in Atlanta, I was a tomboy who ran track and worked the hot dog stand at Turner Field," said Ciara. "I am excited about the opportunity to bring the comradery of the game to the city of Portland. I want to see this vision come to life and empower more women owners in major sports franchises."
Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that the Portland Diamond Project's momentum has been "exciting," and adding Russell Wilson and Ciara to the group was a big plus for the effort. "Bringing a Major League Baseball team to Portland could have many extremely positive economic and social ramifications for the city, and I look forward to looking hearing more about the possibilities of this initiative," Wheeler said in a statement.
Owning a professional sports franchise has long been one of Wilson's dreams. He is also a partner in an initiative to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle. Wilson also was drafted out of high school in 2007 by the Baltimore Orioles. He was drafted again in 2010 by the MLB Colorado Rockies.
"Having Russell and Ciara sign on as owners and investors in PDP is game-changing, and has elevated our campaign significantly," said Craig Cheek, Diamond Project founder and president.
Ciara is a Grammy winning singer/songwriter, producer, model and actress. She has sold more than 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits "Goodies," "Ride," "Oh," "1, 2 Step," "Body Party," and "I Bet."