If you're interested in tonight's open house
on tearing down the Memorial Coliseum, you know that much of the discussion about razing the coliseum to make room for a new minor-league baseball stadium has turned on how outdated the 49-year-old coliseum is.
Some folks are using the coliseum's architectural history
as a worthy reason to save it. And certainly the building also has plenty of sports history
to draw upon
. But here are a couple more modern-day instances
where the coliseum has proven more valuable
than an afterthought home for Portland Winter Hawks games.