I was poring through the files to figure out the plan for Cheney Stadium and came across this bombshell. In the program summary, the city has asked prospective stadium architects to include “sloped grass seating areas down foul lines and in outfield.”
This feature is defined in the specs as “Seating – Berm.”
A berm? After all the effort some city residents have gone through fighting Sound Transit’s plan to use an earthen berm to elevate Sounder tracks south of the Tacoma Dome? Now the city suggests using this same discredited method at Cheney Stadium.
Forget the City of Destiny. Tacoma apparently strives to be the City of Berms.
Later in the project summary the city suggests that if there is money available it would like a picnic plaza to replace the berm. There was no information as to whether the picnic plaza would have to be built using post and beam construction.