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

UPDATED: City Council to Consider PGE Park Re-Zoning Next Week


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Portland City Council tomorrow morning will consider whether to change the zoning code to allow limited office space at PGE Park. The proposed change is part of an effort to bring a sports medicine clinic, sponsored by Providence Health & Services, to the stadium to support Merritt Paulson's new Major League Soccer team when it begins play in 2011. Here's the ordinance [PDF]. Updated on ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What MLS Commissioner Don Garber Had To Say About Scheduling


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Last month, I posted a piece about whether Major League Soccer would ever consider switching its current March-though-October regular season schedule to an August-through-May schedule. Last night, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Portland Timbers/Beavers owner Merritt Paulson were interviewed separately on 95.5 The Game's "Strong At Night" and the subject of scheduling came up during this interview ...   More
 
Friday, November 13, 2009 HANK STERN

PGE Park Negotiations Hinge In Part On Tanner Creek Sewer


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In what are supposed to be the final days of Portland's financial negotiations with Merritt Paulson on the redesign of PGE Park for Major League Soccer, Tanner Creek Sewer has been one of the sticking points. Dean Marriott, the director of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, spoke with WW about the almost century-old sewer line carrying human waste and stormwater underneath the outfield ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Enters the "Productive Zone" with Paulson


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Just before City Council voted 3-2 today to let Merritt Paulson begin some construction work at PGE Park, city commissioners considered a separate ordinance related to the publicly owned stadium: the thrice-delayed zoning code change to allow limited office space at PGE Park. (They'll vote next week on that proposal.) Both agreements gave Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz, who voted against ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Major League Soccer And Its Players Extend Negotiating Deadline


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Portland's City Council won't have to vote next week on re-jiggering PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011 fresh off any news of a lockout by the owners or a strike by the players heading into the 2010 season. That's because the players and owners announced today they have extended the deadline from Jan. 31 to Feb. 12. The extension doesn't mean there won't ultimately be a work stoppage though ...   More
 
Friday, January 29, 2010 HANK STERN

Major League Soccer Gets Four Votes


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The final financial deal is not without some risk to the City of Portland's general fund, but this afternoon Mayor Sam Adams and three city commissioners said they would support the terms of the renovation project at PGE Park for Major League Soccer. Adams and Commissioners Randy Leonard, Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman have all said they'll vote "yes" next week when the $31 million project goes before ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Merritt Paulson Makes The Rounds At City Hall


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This afternoon at 2 pm, Portland commissioners will discuss the city's deal with Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011. They'll vote on the deal next week. Meantime, here is a summary of the deal from the budget gurus at the Office of Management and Finance, with the bureau's acknowledgment of the plan's risk (as has been pointed out elsewhere) to the general fund: The ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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