- Published on Thursday, August 09, 2012 00:00
- Written by By Raquel C. Bagnol - Reporter
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THE Saipan Mayor’s Office is working with engineers in developing plans for baseball fields that professional teams from South Korea can use, which will boost tourism.Mayor Donald G. Flores. told the Rotary Club on Tuesday that his office has met with members of a Korean team interested in making Saipan their spring, pre-season training site.
“This team currently makes arrangements to fly its players from Korea to Arizona for its pre-season training,” Flores said.
According to the mayor, the team members said Saipan is their preferred destination.
“Compared to Arizona and other destinations, we have an advantage because of several reasons — we’re closer to Korea, the weather is perfect for training, and it is cheaper to bring players to Saipan than to Arizona.
“We believe we must do everything within our powers to make it possible for this and maybe other teams to come to Saipan for spring training,” Flores said.
He said at least two other professional teams have been on Saipan for pre-season training, bringing along members of the Korean media, families, fans and friends.
“This influx of players, sports media, fans and families is what we need to enhance our island as a preferred tourist destination,” Flores said.
The Korean team has expressed interest in helping the mayor’s office in the development of a baseball field, he added.
Flores said although it is still premature to say if the team will be able to help in the financing of the baseball field, he has been assured that the team wants to train here.
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