By Susan Johnes
Posted December 5th 2018
Singer Ciara and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband Russell Wilson have plans to invest in a project that would bring Major League Baseball to Portland, Oregon.
The two stars didn’t get into details of how much money they were investing, but the move is likely to make them become the only minority owners in the team.
A spokesman for the group said both Wilson and Ciara invested individually in the effort to build a stadium. The spokesman added that both Wilson and Ciara plan to sign on as minority owners once they land a team.
Wilson released a statement online saying with the project; he hoped to inspire others to feel the same way: –
“We’ll build a community where all families are welcomed, a place where many championships will be won, legends never forgotten, a foundation for winning,” he said.
Ciara also said she hopes other women follow her lead by taking ownership roles of sports teams.
“I am doing this as an investor, business partner, and entrepreneur. I am thrilled at the opportunity to be one of only a few African American women to have ownership in an MLB franchise,” she said.
Portland Diamond Project managing director Mike Barrett said Wilson and Ciara would have a “significant role” in the team given their stardom career.
Members of the Portland Diamond Project have been working to build a baseball stadium and lure a professional team to Portland.
The group has also made offers on three pieces of property for a stadium estimated to be around $2 billion.
Wilson and Ciara visited Portland to tour potential stadium sites and held a press conference publicly announcing they are investing in the baseball effort.
This new move isn’t Wilson’s first investment in sports. In 2016, Wilson announced he partnered with a group trying to bring an NBA and NHL team to Seattle.
Wilson has a passion for baseball. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and spent two years playing in their minor league system while also playing football at the University of Wisconsin.