Paulson soccer deal stumbles along
There's a curious story in the O this afternoon, reporting that there's nothing new to report on the spendy re-renovation of PGE Park for "major league" (by U.S. standards) soccer. The only item of information not heard before is buried way down in the story: Fireman Randy told Little Lord Paulson to "shut up":
On Oct. 13, Paulson uttered words that brought action to a stop: "MLS will not come to Portland unless I do a deal for a new baseball park."What a sophomoric exchange. But while these two geniuses haggle over who's going to buy the hot dog relish, the construction schedule gets tighter and tighter, which means the price tag keeps going up and up. The $31 million liars' budget for this one is likely to be off by eight figures on the low side. It will be interesting to see who really gets stuck with the overruns.
Two days later, an irritated Leonard said he was ready to cancel the whole thing. Paulson and his lobbying team from Gallatin Public Affairs went to City Hall to soothe Leonard. The commissioner's advice to Paulson was to "shut up" about tying Major League Soccer in Portland to the fate of the Beavers if he wanted a final deal.
Meanwhile, that troublemaker concerned citizen Peter Apanel, who's trying to convince the city to scrap the PGE remodel and build a new stadium for soccer, writes us today to report that as reconfigured, PGE Park will have the fewest toilets per seat of any stadium around. By his calculations, the newly remodeled grandstand will have a seat-to-toilet ratio of 1:130, whereas the "major" soccer league's guidelines call for 1:47. Apanel writes:
There is a very thorough discussion of restroom ratios in the article, "New Ballpark Statistic: Stadium's Toilet Ratio," by John Branch, which was published in the New York Times on April 13, 2009. The article deals primarily with the issue of "potty parity," but also gives details on the number of restroom fixtures at the two new baseball stadiums in New York City that opened earlier this year, both of which have overall ratios which exceed local code requirements. The new Yankee Stadium has an overall ratio of 1:68, which exceeds the code by 43%. The new Citi Field/New York Mets stadium has an overall ratio of 1:62, which exceeds the code by 59%. And the new Meadowlands/New York Giants football stadium in New Jersey, set to open in 2010, will have an overall ratio of 1:63, which exceeds the New Jersey code by 88%.It appears that a new cheer will need to be devised for the "major league" Timbers: "Hold... it... in!"
By way of comparison, FIFA (the international soccer association) recommends a minimum ratio of 15:1,000 toilets and urinals for men; and 20:1,000 toilets for women; plus, 1:5,000 for family toilets, which would result in an overall ratio of 1:58.
Also by way of comparison, UEFA (the European soccer association) requires that stadiums have a ratio of 1:200 for toilets, and 1:125 for urinals, which would result in an overall ratio of 1:77.