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Portland’s Memorial Coliseum could be goner under ballpark plan

A proposal from Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson would tear down Memorial Coliseum to make way for a new ballpark.
Memorial Coliseum, the home of the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL), would be torn down to make way for a new Portland Beavers ballpark under a plan proposed by Bevos owner Merritt Paulson and some city officials.

Paulson is proposing spending $88.8 million on the renovation of PGE Park as a soccer-only facility (at a cost of $33.7 million) and the construction of a new ballpark for the Bevos in the city’s Rose Quarter (at a cost of $55.1 million).

The plan calls for a new Rose Quarter ballpark on land partially occupied by Memorial Coliseum, which would be torn down. The Portland Trail Blazers have been working on an entertainment district in the area, and while a new ballpark hasn’t been part of the Blazers’ plans, it certainly would add traffic to the venture.

The demolition of Memorial Coliseum would once again leave the Winter Hawks without a home; we suspect the team would come to an agreement to once again play games at the Rose Garden.