Providence Park Details
Providence Park opened in 1926 as Multnomah Stadium, which it remained until 1966, when the city of Portland purchased the venue and renamed it Civic Stadium. After a 2001 renovation, the naming rights were sold to help offset the costs, when it became PGE Park, and then Jeld-Wen Field for a short period of time, before the naming rights were purchased by Providence Health and Services after the Portland Timbers became an established MLS entity there.
Providence Park is currently the home to the Portland Timbers of the MLS, along with the NWSL's Portland Thorns, and the Portland State University football team. In the past, the venue has hoste d several minor league baseball teams, as well as college and professional football teams, including both the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. As the home of the Timbers, Providence Park is known as one of the most lively American sports venues.
While it has held many different sporting events throughout its history, Providence Park will be remembered by most as a soccer stadium when all is said and done. In addition to its recent history as the host of both men's and women's professional soccer in United States domestic leagues, Providence Park has also played host to World Cup qualifying matches, matches in two separate Women's World Cups, and even the last official match played by Pele, one of the greatest players of all time.
Among the Women's World Cup matches played at Providence Park were the semifinals of the 2003 Women's World Cup, in which Germany defeated the United States by a 3-0 margin, and Sweden scored a 2-1 win over Canada.
Providence Park also holds the distinction of hosting one of the most iconic events in entertainment history, when Elvis Presley performed there, in what was one of the first outdoor rock shows on record.
Q: What are the best places to sit at Providence Park?
A: For the best view of the action at Providence Park, Center Circle and field seats are right next to the field itself, and are ideal to see things up close. But the best place to sit at Providence Park is in the Timbers Army supporters section. Featuring fans waving flags, displaying massive banners, and constantly jumping and chanting, the Timbers Army section of Providence Park brings an energy that few sections of seating in all of American sports can provide.
Q: Providence Park tips and tricks
A: All gates at Providence Park open 90 minutes before kickoff, with the exception of their club seating and Timbers Army gates, which open an extra half hour early. Getting there that early will allow you to catch the teams warming up before the match, and see what the Timbers Army has planned for that match in the process. When it comes to choosing an entrance, there are six entrances to Providence Park and, with it being a 20,000 seat stadium, there is going to be an entrance close to where you are sitting no matter what.
Q: Providence Park club areas
A: Providence Park has one club seating area, the KeyBank Club. It features a restaurant and bar, as well as servers roaming the club seating offering complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as complimentary coffee and donuts toward the end of each match. An eclectic mix of food carts, from pho to barbecue, and everything in between, are another option for fans in the KeyBank Club.
Q: What makes Providence Park unique?
A: The Timbers Army is by far the most unique thing about Providence Park. Led by team mascot Timber Joey, who wields an actual chainsaw and cuts into a giant log right next to the field, the Timbers Army is truly a one-of-a-kind group of supporters. Their flags, tifos, and color coordination look like the closest thing in American sports to Borussia Dortmund's famous Yellow Wall supporters section, and truly must be experienced in person.