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

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

Potty Parity Please at PGE Park

As if the powers behind a new minor-league baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter and revamping PGE Park for Major League Soccer didn't have enough to worry about, now this longstanding concern about potty parity at stadiums has made it to the front page of today's New York Times. Fortunately, Portland already has its own commissioner concerned with all things potty. We're sure he's already on ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 HANK STERN

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

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

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

Dan Saltzman Also Ready To Move Forward On Soccer Deal

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

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

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

Randy Leonard Says City Is Now Exploring The Possibility of A Third Site for Baseball

Commissioner Randy Leonard pledged last week to vote no on his resolution [PDF] committing the city to go forward with Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers soccer team and Beavers baseball team, following Paulson's decision to withdraw his proposal for building a new minor league baseball stadium in Lents. The deal, which officially divorces the revamping of PGE Park for Major League ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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