What They're Saying: Merritt Paulson

“It’s something we’re continuing to assess. The current costs, and I don’t believe them -- I think they’re ridiculous -- are $8 million to put in a natural turf. My question is: Can we do it and have it be really good as well? Artificial is getting better and better and the artificial we’re putting in this time is going to be much more resistant to heat for afternoon games, which was one of our issues before."

-- Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson on a natural grass field, the missing piece at Providence Park, into which $85 million has been spent on its current renovations. He pointed out several issues unique to the stadium -- draining, lighting and a college football contract -- that complicate the move. (The Athletic)
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