Portland's Major League Soccer Deadline Extended Until Winter

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merritt Paulson Makes The Rounds At City Hall

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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