Portland baseball bid sweats a little

MLB in PDX is still breathing although it already needs a new stadium

The Portland Diamond Project got some much needed publicity Thursday for its efforts to bring a Major League Baseball team to town.

The Oregonian had it atop its online App, including the illustration of what the stadium would look like if it were built where Lloyd Center now sits. It's the same vision of a stadium PDP has promoted if it were built in the shadow of the Fremont Bridge on the banks of the Willamette River.

I'm not one of the people who thinks MLB is a sure success in Portland. But, it definitely will not succeed if the stadium the expansion team builds even closely resembles the one being pumped to the public, especially if it's built on the East side of the West Hills.

The stadium illustrations show off one of least exciting places to watch any kind of event I can imagine. There's a carousel in some of the drawings, but that's not an exciting element to any pro sporting event for my money.

So, this leads to the statement that Portland's expansion baseball team already needs a new stadium - to replace the stadium it hasn't built yet.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is a lifelong resident of Oregon and has four decades of experience as a writer, photographer, videographer, broadcaster and now producer. He's a grad of Benson and the University of Oregon, and publishes Oregonsports.com as well as OSPN, which is scheduled for delivery as a streaming Mobile App in December.

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