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Where EAST meets the Northwest


HOME OPENERS. Portlandís Thorns and Timbers are ready for the home openers of both clubs on June 1 and 2 in the newly renovated Providence Park. After 20 months of construction, the stadium will now accommodate 4,074 more fans. (AR Photos/Jody Lim)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #10 (May 20, 2019), page 13.

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Providence Park is ready for home openers June 1-2

Portlandís Thorns and Timbers are ready for the home openers of both clubs next month. The squads have played all their matches so far this year away due to the renovation project at Providence Park, which was originally built in 1926.

Work began on the stadiumís $85-million privately financed expansion project in September 2017. The renovation completes the full U-shape stadium design that was envisioned in 1925 by the original then-Multnomah Stadium architects.

The 93-foot-tall covered structure features four levels on the expanded east side. Other upgrades to the park include the addition of a state-of-the-art video board/scoreboard on the west side of the stadium, a brand-new sound system, LED field lighting, refreshed concession stands and concourse amenities, new team store and locker rooms, and more.

More than 4,000 seats were added to the previous attendance number of 21,144, with the capacity now allowing 25,218 fans. After construction that spanned 20 months, raucous PTFC fans are eager to support their players.

The first home match for the Timbers in Major League Soccer (MLS) takes place Saturday, June 1 at 7:30pm against Los Angeles FC. The Thorns open their seventh season in the National Womenís Soccer Leagueís (NWSL) on Sunday, June 2 at 3:00pm against the Chicago Red Stars.

To buy tickets to upcoming Thorns and Timbers matches, call (503) 553-5555, or visit <www.thornsfc.com> or <www.portlandtimbers.com>.

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