Thanks for your information Pounder. You really are one of the stars of this forum and I really appreciate the insight you add.
I think the attendance numbers are actually quite promising. If you look at it, PSU had a crap year and still jumped 3K in attendance. I am not a PSU fan, but I would hazard a guess their previous coach was not a run and shoot guy. Pounder?
If that is the case it is highly likely the team will see a dramatic improvement in their record in the coming season. going say 7-4 should be good enough for an extra 1-2 K in attendance. That is actually very healthy for an FCS school/budget.
Concerning the largest crowds being for soccer, that is not totally suprising. PSU has sucked for quite a while now, there is no NFL and it sounds like the owner seems quite committed.
The fact that Soccer and baseball dominate presently is not neccessarily a bad thing long term. Pro teams have a lot more clout in leading the cities to set aside the land for new stadiums. If a new baseball stadium is built, it COULD be the best thing to ever happen to PSU.
Lets say Portland gives Merritt Paulson the land for a baseball park in exchange for Paulson financing the conversion of PGE into 30K a football/soccer stadium. Even if MLS never comes, bumping up PGE capacity by adding 10K permanent seating to the baseball outfeild probably would bump up timbers attendance pretty noticeably.
That would give PSU the stadium required for a successful FBS jump.
The rec center if it seats 4K is probably acceptable for WAC standards.
I can concede that i was probably overly optimistic about OSU and Oregon coming to play in a 20K stadium, but I think they would come for a 30K stadium. It allows them more exposure in Portland, a short, cheap trip, and is just as viable as playing Rice or Houston (also 30k Stadiums) or any other WAC teams ---or really any non-BCS school not named BYU. An FBS PSU in a 30K stadium would not get both immediately, but they probably could get one. IMO.
Regarding the footprint, I hope you will expand on your comment about it not being suitable. I think the WAC would kill to get the Portland DMA if PSU was a marginal FBS school. Today they are barely a successful FCS school due to tiny facilitities capacities. With a 30K football stadium 1 mile from campus and a 4K BB arena on campus, they seem quite viable.
There are opportunities on the horizon, but PSU needs to be a lot more active than they are in order to take advantage of them.
Totally agree. It seems within reach, if they engage the local government, the community, and Paulson.