Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Memorial Coliseum advocates weigh their options

Not Only is yours truly mentioned in this article in tomorrows Oregonian (thanks Anne), but the article does a fantastic job in describing not only the current status of the arena and its management, but Anne also interviews some of the major tenants of the coliseum and details how they would be affected by a possible closure. I will try and point out the main points individually, but I want to first give props to Peter Meijer and the local architects who are working behind the scenes to get the Portland Memorial Coliseum on the National Register Of Historic Places. This action gives a lot of credibility to the movement to save the Coliseum. A shout out to Peter and all of the architects who are working to get this done!

Some of the most important details of the article are as follows:

1. Many groups would be affected by the closure of the Memorial Coliseum including the Portland Winter Hawks, the Portland Rose Festival Assoc., Oregon School Activities Association, etc.
2. The Memorial Coliseum made a $100,000 profit in 2007. This was largely due to the Davis Cup finals. This proves that the Coliseum is still viable and with the right management and a bit of investment could still turn a profit for the city.
3. The Coliseum currently hosts 160 events per year. That is more than twice what the new AAA baseball stadium would host and with the right management that number would likely go a lot higher.


  1. Thanks for creating this much-needed blog, Luke!

    Besides all of the sports and entertainment memories, my oldest recollection of the awesome Veterans Memorial Coliseum is when my father (a WWII Army veteran) and I paid a visit shortly after it was dedicated. That was only fifteen years or so after the end of World War II. Our mission was to see and touch my uncle's engraved name on the wall. He was a Navy man killed in The Philippines during a bombing on 8 December 1941.

    And, now, they want to tear this monument down? I guess the people in charge just don't remember what the MC is all about. How sad!

  2. Has anyone read about how Cordish Companies operates these "entertainment districts" -- dress codes and such? Check out this story in the Kansas City Tribune regarding how Cordish does business. Doesn't seem right in Portland, or anywhere for that matter, at least from my viewpoint.