Fresno St. Alum wrote:
PSU can't just agree to play on grass w/ the Timbers? also it would make for a nice 12/12 Big Sky fb bball if they have to drop it. I hope Idaho being invited will allow PSU to stay w/o fb.
I don't think grass is the prevailing issue anymore. The current stadium is downsized from its predecessor and still too big for Portland State, which also makes the rent kind of high. That's an expense that will become an issue sooner vice later (the lease is up as of about right now).
Still, let's say that PSU football can afford to play in JELD-WEN Field. Merritt Paulson actually envisioned having more events, he thought the turf he installed (and is currently replacing) was going to be the end of it. What he finds out is that Thierry Henry and David Beckham are barely inclined to play on the surface (at least Henry plays when the Red Bulls are in Portland; he won't play on the other turf surfaces in MLS). For some people that want to come to Portland, the turf is a negative just because it's turf... but they'd like a nice grass surface, too. He couldn't get a World Cup Qualifier in the stadium without a grass overlay, and he rightly surmised (knowing what's happened in Seattle) that the overlay damages the turf under it. It can't take the abuse of both. In Portland's situation, the stadium location (just barely built over an old creek bed) means it's not simply a matter of laying grass and everyone's happy. Paulson's still not sure he should go to grass, frankly. If it happens, it happens without Portland State football.
Portland State has not benefitted one iota from the other stadium improvements. The new "club seats" are empty, and at $50 a pop, and having paid for a game at Montana, I dare say that it's a cheap club seat for even this level. Visiting Montana and Montana State fans (neither of whom appeared this year due to conference expansion and scheduling) outnumber PSU fans in Portland. It's really to the chicken-and-egg point with PSU football... where's a target audience?