Dan Saltzman Also Ready To Move Forward On Soccer Deal


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Commissioner Dan Saltzman said this afternoon that he still plans to vote for the Major League Soccer deal going forward in a revamped PGE Park, despite Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's announcement that he's pulling out of the deal's other piece — moving the minor-league baseball Beavers to a proposed stadium in Lents. Saltzman says he's not a soccer fan but thinks there's a buzz ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

What Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish Say About Major League Soccer Now


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Well, the final two City Council voices are now in on this resolution (PDF) that proposes moving forward on negotiations to revamp PGE Park by 2011 for a Major League Soccer team separately from plans to find a new home to build a minor-league baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers. Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this evening that she stands by her original objections to tapping urban renewal ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

City Council Quick Hits: Tax Breaks, Soccer, Furloughs and Merit Pay


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Portland City Council has waded through a number of topics this morning and afternoon, after its marathon session last night on the topic of renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar E. Chavez. Mayor Sam Adams referred a proposal to give a 10-year tax break to a new housing complex back to his office Commissioner Nick Fish's office. A handful of neighbors from North Portland had testified against the proposal ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland City Council OK's Remodel of PGE Park For Major League Soccer


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The $31 million revamp of PGE Park, which will allow Major League Soccer to begin play there in 2011 and force the Portland Beavers to find a new baseball home, was approved Thursday by the City Council. The vote on the resolution (PDF) authorizing the city's term sheet (or as Mayor Sam Adams put it, the "basic concepts and shape" of the deal with more definitive details to come) with Merritt ...   More
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Some Reasons Why Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber Is Smiling and Some Why He Isn't


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Soccer America has conducted a very comprehensive and worth-reading interview with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber. Garber addresses questions about reasons for optimism about MLS (the league's expansion and the building of soccer-friendly stadiums, both of which include Portland) and reasons for concern (declining attendance league-wide this year — a drop experienced by other ...   More
 
Monday, August 3, 2009 HANK STERN

Portland's Major League Soccer Deadline Extended Until Winter


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Portland's tentative deal with Merritt Paulson to bring Major League Soccer to PGE Park, a deal City Council approved July 23, expires today. The deadline —which had moved from Sept. 1 initially to Oct. 1— to negotiate all the details of the final financial agreement has now been extended until December or January, when construction was to begin on the renovation project, according ...   More
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Spoiler Alert! Merritt Paulson Lied To Us.


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The Oregonian's story today about Merritt Paulson's effort to bring minor-league baseball to Beaverton included a whopper of a comment from Paulson. At the same time he's trying to build a baseball stadium in Beaverton for his Triple-A Beavers, Paulson's working with Portland officials to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer by 2011. Here's the relevant passage [emphasis mine]: At Tuesday ...   More
 
Thursday, October 15, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Major League Soccer in The Winter?


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Here's an intriguing piece of soccer-related news this rainy, October morning in Portland: Major League Soccer is considering switching its schedule from March-October to August-May. The move would align MLS with the rest of the world's soccer schedule. But it does raise two questions as Portland prepares to refurbish PGE Park to be ready for MLS by 2011: 1) Would Portland's fan base borrow ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Preliminary Sketches of Remodeled PGE Park


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A preliminary design for a remodeled PGE Park went before the City of Portland's Design Commission on Sept. 17, even as financial negotiations between Portland and Merritt Paulson stalled. That design (pictured above) calls for a Providence Health & Services rehabilitation center at the stadium's southeast corner on Southwest 18th Avenue. The Design Commission expects new drawings Nov. ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

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