- Apr 16, 2014
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I would focus all football and track to Deering's field, then completely re-do Portland Stadium for a soccer facility--perhaps to at least 20,000 seats. Give it a roof too, one that is translucent with the ends being massive windows. Soccer is becoming more popular and easier to play or do than football or track. Neighboring USM is on its way to becoming a much larger university. My prediction is an eventual footprint to rival UMO, as one key reason is that Portland has a mass trans option to Boston, as does Bowdoin, UNH, and even UNE. I think a beefed-up men's and women's teams could play here, in addition to the pros. And, an area with a lined option to continue for high school and junior high soccer programs (tournies). The usage would be fairer now. It would be a true full community experience that would include the city's immigrant population. Football is losing participant popularity in Maine, and so why make it a still prominent part of a city facility? Change is good. Change is often necessary to prosper and survive. Of course, naturally the usual Mainer naysayers will scream out "It's too much money!" Figure out a way. In Texas, high school football stadiums can cost millions. They do it. Others too. Ask local Shamrock Sports Marketing to help. They are currently working on a giant celebrity charity road race (Maine Biz article) for the area next summer. I'm guessing Patrick Dempsey will be the host as he is a Mainer and likes to own and race Porsches. He donates his time for a car show charity event at Bug Light Park in the summer. Think bigger by using existing assets.@Redfern any updates on stadium and/or track relocation?? I just spied "USL Soccer Lease terms" tentatively on the schedule for an executive session of the Housing & Economic Development Committee in Oct and Nov and presentations tentatively scheduled two weeks after each.