Here's a Crazy Idea for Memorial Coliseum


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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

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


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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


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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


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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

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

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