Padres Warm Up for New Ballpark Pitch

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    TK
    NBCSanDiego
    A backyard baseball field is in trouble

    Three North County communities are contenders for a new ballpark to house the top minor league team of the San Diego Padres.

    Padres officials have met with leaders in both Carlsbad and Escondido in recent days. During those meetings, both sides discussed areas like the Escondido Swap Meet property and Veterans Park, the property near The Crossings gold course, according to our media partner the North County Times.

    The paper reported that on May 5, Cal State San Marcos officials said they had been meeting with the Padres about building a joint-use ballpark to serve as home field for the university’s baseball team.

    The school has already set aside 20 acres of land for future athletic facilities and offers 6,000 parking spots inside a six-story parking structure to be completed this fall.

    Padres officials confirmed earlier this month that they're interested in relocating their top minor league team to North County because the team, which now plays in Portland, Ore., will lose its ballpark next year. But the Padres declined to reveal where.

    The team has said the new ballpark could cost between $35 million and $50 million but haven’t discussed the source of the funding.