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Ballpark now 'Ron Tonkin Field'

Stadium where Hops play gets new name


by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Hillsboro Hops general manager K.L. Wombacher (left) and Ed Tonkin, son of the late Ron Tonkin, celebrate after announcing that the stadium where the Hillsboro Hops play will now be called Ron Tonkin Field. The game remains the same, but there will be a new name for the Hillsboro Ballpark, the stadium where the Hillsboro Hops Class A baseball team plays.

Mayor Jerry Willey on Tuesday announced that the stadium will be known as “Ron Tonkin Field.”

The name is in memory of Ron Tonkin, the owner of the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships in Beaverton, a major Northwest auto dealer. Tonkin died in January, and his family pursued renaming the stadium as a way to honor him.by: HILLSBORO HOPS - The new logo for Ron Tonkin Field

“This is a perfect marriage of our father’s love for baseball and our love for him,” said Ed Tonkin, Ron’s son, while standing at a podium set up in the infield of the baseball field. “We had hoped he’d be here to see this, but unfortunately we lost him in January. He would have truly enjoyed this.”

The naming rights deal is for 10 years. Over the next decade, the Tonkin family will pay $150,000 per year for the naming rights to Ron Tonkin Field. Each year, the city will receive 70 percent of that sum — $105,000 — while the Hops organization will receive the remaining 30 percent, or $45,000.

“It’s a special day for us,” said K.L. Wombacher, general manager of the Hillsboro Hops. “We worked very hard over the last two years (to achieve this). There were a ton of meetings, but with naming rights, we really wanted the right fit, because this is much more than a business deal.”

Hillsboro City Manager Michael Brown said negotiations had been ongoing for several months.

“Ultimately, I made the decision to agree to the terms, and it will be presented to the city council on May 20,” Brown said.

An illuminated neon sign will be going up on the roof the 4,500-seat stadium where the Hops play, and the scoreboard will also reflect the new name of Ron Tonkin Field. The new signs are expected to be in place for the Hillsboro Hops’ first home game this season, scheduled for June 18. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - A large, illuminated neon sign displaying the name Ron Tonkin Field will soon be placed on the roof of the 4,500-seat stadium where the Hops play, as shown in this artists rendition.



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