Mike Jennings, owner of the Tacoma Tide of the Premier Development League, is considering moving the team elsewhere within Pierce or Thurston counties or folding the team due to what has become an unsustainable financial situation in their current home at Curtis High School.
The news was originally broken by David Falk of the Seattle Soccer Examiner, and that story can be read here.
After seeing the piece, I contacted Jennings, who said this:
When we had to look elsewhere (for the July 10 game vs. Abbotsford due to a conflict at Curtis) it made sense to look at that market just to look at the attendance, see how the reception is for us, and it seemed Blackhills, that youth organization, was eager to have us come down. That’s all it is. That said … we need to find other revenue souces for next year. If that presents itself with sponsors here locally, investors, partners, whatever, better gate, any of those kidns of things then we’d prefer to play here. But that hasn’t happened, and five years is a pretty good shot. And so if it makes sense to move within the geography that can do that for us, then we’d certainly consider that. In the absence of that, minor league sports is a tough road to hoe even in the best environments. I wouldn’t preclude any option. My intent for at least the soccer side of the business is to keep (the Tide and the Women Sounders) going, but I need them to thrive a little bit more than they have.
Jennings said he will probably need to make a decision about next season by September.