Delta Stadium, 1963

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.
This 1963 artist concept shows the proposed Delta Dome. It was planned as a professional football and baseball stadium located in what is now Delta Park. Bond-based funding was rejected by voters in 1964.

Delta Stadium, 1963

Delta Stadium, 1963


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9 thoughts on “Delta Stadium, 1963

  1. I was really disappointed when it was voted down. I was 13 at the time. I would vote it down today.

  2. Portland fell into some dumb luck.

    I’d love to have an NFL team in Portland, but agree that the Delta Dome would be an albatross. Multi-sport stadiums are dead. By now, Portland would have been forced to build at least one new stadium for each sport or let the franchises relocate to Seattle.

  3. It would have REALLY put Portland on the map! It was a missed opportunity to leaf-frog over Seattle as a major city. Portlander’s confirmed they wanted to remain a town vs. a city.

    The 1960 Median income was $5620 with a 20% Fed Income Tax (before deductions) which equates to about $1100 per year. Seems like a $6 increase in the yearly tax was pretty small for the potential large gain our community could have gained.

  4. Just because we built it doesn’t mean we would have been able to attract an NFL or MLB team. At the time the Coliseum had been built just 5 years earlier and was losing money. Thats why it was voted down

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