Providence Park (Civic Stadium)
|Country||United States of America|
|Other names||Jeld-Wen Field (2011–2014), PGE Park (2001-2010), Civic Stadium (1966-2000), Multnomah Stadium (1926-1965)|
|Renovations||1956, 1981, 2001, 2010, 2017-2019|
|Cost||$38.5 m (2001), $31 m (2010), $50 m (2017-2019)|
|Design||Morris H. Whitehouse (1926), Allied Works Architecture (2017-2019)|
|Address||1844 SW Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97205|
Description: Providence Park
The stadium in western Portland was opened as a baseball field back in 1893. Since 1926 it has significant stands, shaped from the start to form the letter J. Northern curve and western straight grandstands are still standing today, although obviously went through a series of major renovations. All of the initial roof was eventually replaced, while a corporate pavilion was created in the north-western part of the stands.
Changing demand for various disciplines and increasing role of MLS-aspiring Portland Timbers proved crucial in reconfiguration of the stadium from baseball to soccer and American football-specific.
In 2009 it was decided that an eastern stand would be built, making the stadium rectangular in terms of field dimensions. The “Axe Stand” was largely clad with wood, quite the material one would expect from the timber region. There was still room for expansion as Timbers sold out quite commonly and generated a large waiting list for season tickets.
Precisely for that reason the timber-clad pavilion and roof built in 2009/10 were dismantled in 2017, making room for addition of truly impressive collection of 3 upper balconies, raising capacity by roughly 4,000 seats. On top of the new structure a new roof, sloping inwards.
Meanwhile the football importance of this place seems to be growing. After hosting two Women’s World Cups (1999, 2003) the stadium went on to even host USA’s national team and a Costa Rica – Cuba Gold Cup clashes in 2013. In 2014 it was the site of MLS All-Star game.
Portland: Will Timbers complete expansion in 6 months?
The impressive expansion project is officially on schedule, however the MLS team hopes to have a safety buffer and be able to play away their opening 2019 games. Their good performance on the field may change the schedule, while the field itself also needs to change.
New design: Five tiers for Portland
It must be the most unique football/soccer stadium in MLS. It should get more coverage worldwide with the fantastic expansion plan, just presented by Portland Timbers.
Portland: Timbers hoping to expand stadium
With season ticket waiting list already 13,000-name long (!) Portland Timbers are considering adding seats to Providence Park. The plan would begin in 2018.