Portland Stadium Saga Continues

Portland Stadium Saga Continues

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 30, 2009
  • 8 Comments
  • MLS Portland, PGE Park

Sounds like Portland mayor Sam Adams and County Chair Ted Wheeler are going to go toe-to-toe over the stadium situation for Portland and it’s MLS bid. The Portland Mercury is reporting more on the on-going saga of the stadium funds today.

Wheeler won’t support the $15 million for PGE Park. Adams is hoping to find another way to get Wheeler on board.

“If people believe that renovating PGE Park again is more important than some of the critical services in our community then that is up to them,” said Wheeler. “But from my perspective, the answer is no.”

More and more these reports make this situation more interesting and troublesome for the league. No wonder we are seeing plenty of reports about Montrel getting in the mix for 2011 again here too. While I still believe we will see Portland in two years, things have to get in place within the next couple months or this bid could see some real San Antonio-like trouble if you know what I mean.

  • KCB

    A good showing by the Timbers Army on Wednesday could potentially go a long way to showing "people believe that renovating PGE Park" is important to the community.

  • athletic supporter

    Portland, where even 17 year old's can have a Sam Adams.

  • KCB

    A good showing by the Timbers Army on Wednesday could potentially go a long way to showing “people believe that renovating PGE Park” is important to the community.

  • athletic supporter

    Portland, where even 17 year old’s can have a Sam Adams.

  • SDM

    Enough is enough already. I'm not a big fan of giving Canada another team, but Garber needs to put his foot down and give the Portland folks a deadline to get this thing resolved. If they can't do it, the league needs to hand them their check back and turn around and get Saputo's money and let Montreal slide into their spot. This is ridiculous.

  • WTF

    MLS should call Wheeler out on his lie – typical false choice by a politician. Portland wouldn't lose critical services. He wants the $15-million to go to his union handlers, who will then backroll his next election. What do you want Portland – the economic growth that comes with MLS events in your city, or do you want public employee unions to get more money to spend on political advertising? That's the real choice.

  • SDM

    Enough is enough already. I’m not a big fan of giving Canada another team, but Garber needs to put his foot down and give the Portland folks a deadline to get this thing resolved. If they can’t do it, the league needs to hand them their check back and turn around and get Saputo’s money and let Montreal slide into their spot. This is ridiculous.

  • WTF

    MLS should call Wheeler out on his lie – typical false choice by a politician. Portland wouldn’t lose critical services. He wants the $15-million to go to his union handlers, who will then backroll his next election. What do you want Portland – the economic growth that comes with MLS events in your city, or do you want public employee unions to get more money to spend on political advertising? That’s the real choice.