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Timbers unveil plans for new-look PGE Park

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 22, 2009 at 11:32 am with 1 Comment »
December 22, 2009 11:52 am

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.

It seems like a fairly modest re-do for all the trouble it’s causing, but here it is.

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.

Here’s a good overview from the Oregonian.

And finally, a pretty good look at the advantages of soccer-specific stadiums, in this case tied to the complicated efforts in Houston.

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  1. derekyoung says:

    Hmmm. Anyone else see the terraces they had talked about for TA? I dont’ see them. Maybe in the South End? Would be curious to know if we know where visitors will be located. What about pitch size?

    At first I though remodeling a baseball park was a bad idea but I wonder if this place will end up with some character as a result. Kinda the way Fenway is because of its unique setup.

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