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Bears could open negotiations with Yakima once again

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Now that the Yakima Bears will be playing another season at Yakima County Stadium, the option of them staying in the area for a lot longer could be back on the table.

It's well known the Bears have been looking for a new home. The City of Vancouver is a major player in the possible move.

But team officials say that since they still have not made a deal with Vancouver, they will be playing the 2012 season in Yakima.
The team hoped to be in a permanent, suitable stadium by next year but with contracts still being negotiated in Vancouver, construction wouldn't be completed in time.

Team officials did say that although they are looking to move forward with Vancouver, if Yakima decides to rejoin negotiations, they're not opposed to the possibility of staying.

"If that deal falls through then there would be a possibility for discussions here in Yakima once again to try and get a stadium built here. Because that's our biggest concern, trying to get a new facility for our players," said John Hadden, Director of Media Relations for the Bears.
Yakima City Councilman Dave Edler has been pushing the city to make changes to keep the team in Yakima and he says now that the move is not yet a done deal, he plans to continue to push to have the team stay.

It's now up to the city council to decide if they want to rejoin the negotiations.