The Portland Timbers (MLS) and Portland Thorns (NWSL) will soon return to Providence Park, where construction on an expansion project continues.
In order to accommodate more fans, Providence Park is being expanded. As part of the project, the facility will receive about an additional 4,000 seats on its east side.
Construction began during the most recent offseason, with the project timeline calling it for to be completed next spring. That will require work to continue during the seasons of the Timbers and Thorns, and the two clubs are set to return next weekened for their home openers. While construction work will not take place during games, nor are any existing seats or sight lines expected to be affected by the work, Timbers presidence of business Mike Golub recently indicated that the organization is preparing certain measures around the stadium. More from The Oregonian:
Golub said that there a couple portions of the east side concourse and one east side entrance that will be closed during the home openers. The club will be adding a temporary entrance to the east side of the stadium and will be reaching out to fans about changes and closures ahead of the match.
Golub said the club is encouraging fans to arrive early to matches this season to navigate the construction.
“We’re going to make it very clear to fans what to expect,” Golub said “For a small portion of fans, they’ll see a few different things because of the construction, but for the great majority of fans it will be status quo.”
The first phase of construction this offseason focused primarily on foundational and utility work. Turner Construction laid down 228 micropiles and put up 39 columns to support the addition of three new levels and a larger roof on the east side of the stadium. The project also includes the widening of the sidewalk and the addition of a covered arcade on SW 18th Ave.
The Timbers will play their home opener against Minnesota United FC on April 14, with the Thorns squaring off against the Orlando Pride on April 15. To accommodate the construction at Providence Park, the Timbers are playing their first five games of the MLS season on the road.
Rendering courtesy Portland Timbers.
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