Local pro soccer team sets move to Tacoma
Feb. 7-11, 2000
Tacoma is poised to get a new professional soccer team.
The Portland Pythons of the World Indoor Soccer League want to move to the Tacoma Dome.
The Pythons drew a seven year-low average attendance of 3,164 in 1999, and a ticket drive for 2000 came up with only 35,000 single-game pledges, little more than half the goal.
Playing in Tacoma will cut the Pythons' rent in half from the $12,000 to $17,000 the club paid to play in the Rose Garden.
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The Trail Blazers forward, who leads the league in technical fouls by a wide margin, says the regular season is different.
"The regular season, it's cool, it's all right. A lot of things go on in the regular season that don't go on in the playoffs. Right now, I could have a million techs. I don't care," he says.
They "don't bother me. It's no big thing. It's part of the game. Just fire, that's all. Just wanting to win. That's my bottom line. I have to be (that way). That's like, can you read or type without your glasses? I'm a fiery type of player. People say I've got an attitude problem, but I don't."
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