What Toronto Learned about MLS that Portland Hasn't?

Mayor Sam Adams is moving fast on plans to tear down Memorial Coliseum and start construction on a new minor-league baseball stadium for Merritt Paulson in the Rose Quarter. At the same time, city leaders and Paulson are trying to finalize Paulson's other plans -- to rebuild PGE Park for his new Major League Soccer team. During a two-day planning process convened by the mayor earlier this week ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Will Pro Soccer In America Ever Get The Stars?

Here's an interesting read from The New York Times soccer blog that quotes Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber saying the league's quality of players isn't meeting the fans' demands. Strikes me as a hard problem to surmount, especially as the league expands with moves into Portland and Vancouver. Here's why: Even if there's a time when the crowded U.S. sports landscape creates enough ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Bloggers, Architects Rally Against Memorial Coliseum Demolition

Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard may think tearing down Portland's 49-year-old Memorial Coliseum to make room for a new minor-league baseball stadium is a done deal. But a serious opposition has begun to coalesce. Writer Brian Libby has penned a sports-centric protest on his blog, Portland Architecture. Today the American Intsitute of Architects sent City Council a letter condemning ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Adams' Savvy Move? The Mayor's Public Meeting on the Rose Quarter

On Tuesday, April 14, Mayor Sam Adams is hosting an "open house" with the public to discuss his quickly-developed plans to tear down Memorial Coliseum and build a minor-league baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter. With only days to go before City Council is expected to vote on the project on April 22, business owners from around the Rose Quarter already have questions for the mayor. "I am concerned ...   More
Friday, April 10, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Here's a Crazy Idea for Memorial Coliseum

A reader just wrote us a response to the story we ran this week about Major League Soccer. He offered an unusual use for Memorial Coliseum: make it the new library. "Our beautiful Central Library is an embarassment," writes Bruce Silverman. " It's too small for the thousands who use it every day. In fact, it's the smallest main library of any community our size in North America. . .Portland, ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 MARK ZUSMAN

Major League Soccer Attendance By The Numbers

[youtube Z7_4N8GI8no] While we wait — and wait — for City Hall to land on a deal that allows PGE Park to be revamped so Timbers fans can enjoy Major League Soccer, the latest attendance numbers for MLS offer ammunition for both the deal's supporters and opponents. Lending credence to the belief that the league's prospects are strong if and when it comes to Portland is the fact ...   More
Saturday, May 9, 2009 HANK STERN

Portland Parks: $13 Million to $29 Million Needed to Replace Portions of Lents Park

Commissioner Randy Leonard and Merritt Paulson went before the Lents community Tuesday night and told the neighborhood they would need $2 million from the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area to pay for new park space taken from Lents by the new proposed Triple-A baseball stadium. Leonard and Paulson both said the baseball stadium would "impact" one soccer field. But Portland Parks and Recreation ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

More Attendance Numbers for Major League Soccer Fans in Portland to Chew On

Since last we checked in on the attendance figures for Major League Soccer a month ago and found a decline of 5.5 percent from the same time period last year, two things have happened. 1) The new franchise in Seattle continues to draw well, pulling in nearly 30,000 fans a game and leading the league by far in attendance. 2) The decline in overall attendance continues to worsen, now dropping ...   More
Monday, June 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Breaking: Paulson Withdraws Lents Stadium Proposal

Merritt Paulson was at PGE Park bright and early at 8 am this morning, following a very hostile meeting in Southeast Portland Thursday night. This morning, he also sent the following letter to Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioners: June 19, 2009 Dear Mayor Adams and Commissioners: Nearly one year ago when we announced our desire to bring Major League Soccer to Portland at PGE Park ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Sam Adams Moving Forward With Soccer Deal

While Commissioner Randy Leonard has committed to voting against the Major League Soccer deal going forward now that Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced he's done with the baseball stadium proposal in Lents, Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that "the City's mission is clear: focus our energies on guaranteeing that Portland is the new home of a Major League Soccer team." While ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN


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