The City Council vote that had been scheduled for May 7 to select a site for Major League Soccer at PGE Park and a baseball stadium (at the Rose Quarter or elsewhere) for the minor-league Beavers has once again been delayed.
What about going back to the idea of co-locating the Beavers and Timbers in PGE Park? After all, that's by far the most cost-effective. And it remains unclear whether having a soccer-only venue is merely a preference for Major League Soccer or a requirement. At the very least, PGE Park could be a temporary home for both, with MLS de-coupled from the Rose Quarter plan as we take a proper amount of time to look at where to build the Beavers a stadium.
I also love the idea of Memorial Coliseum's central arena taking on the identity of amateur athletics and entertainment as a counterbalance to the NBA and traveling concert tours in the Rose Garden. Brand the Coliseum as the place where we hold high school basketball tournaments, or even a Friday night game of the week during the regular season like PGE Park functions during football season for prep teams. Then there's all the Rose Festival stuff that's gone on there for years. Maybe it becomes a place for public town hall-style conversations.