What will Sounders fans find when they travel to Portland for the resumption of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry in 2010?
Apparently a somewhat larger and more comfortable PGE Park with east-side seating, more restrooms and a nice new souvenir shop.
On the other hand, while the changes don’t seem massive, PGE was a pretty cool place already, so keeping a lot of what was already there makes sense. There wasn’t — and won’t be — any other place like it in MLS.
And really, these changes also move PGE from not-acceptable to acceptable for an MLS franchise … and that’s the difference that matters most.
And finally, a pretty good look at the advantages of soccer-specific stadiums, in this case tied to the complicated efforts in Houston.