Several desirable options are available for the development of a new MLB ballpark in Portland. The City of Portland and Oregon Stadium Campaign are in the process of examining each of the possible sites based on a wide range of criteria. The selection of a site will ultimately be determined by the City of Portland and owner of the Oregon MLB team.
On behalf of the Portland Baseball Group, internationally renowned architectural firm HOK Sports Facilities Group has surveyed Portland for possible ballpark locations. The firm has identified multiple sites that would be as favorable as those used in other successful HOK ballpark developments. HOK has designed more than 500 sports projects, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Coors Field in Denver and Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco.
Steve Fosler of Fosler Portland Architecture has developed a preliminary site concept for the area north of Portland’s Rose Quarter. The location borders NE Broadway, Wheeler Ave., and the East Side of the Willamette River looking into downtown Portland from the east side of the Willamette. The site concept shows the manner in which a ballpark could be gracefully integrated into a surrounding community, while also sparking future development.
As Oregon’s new team awaits completion of its new ballpark, Portland’s 20,000-seat PGE Park will serve as an intimate interim venue for 2-3 years. Following a $38.5 million renovation completed in April of 2001, PGE Park now offers 38 luxury suites, wider concourses and major league locker rooms and dugouts. The ballpark in downtown Portland is especially conducive to public transit, as demonstrated when 65% of attendees of the Mariners-Padres exhibition game utilized public transportation.